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α-Methylenation of methyl propanoate via catalytic dehydrogenation of methanol

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Patrizia Lorusso, Jacorien Coetzee, Graham Eastham, David John Cole-Hamilton

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A one-pot system for the conversion of methyl propanoate (MeP) to methyl methacrylate (MMA) has been investigated. In particular, this study is focused on the possibility of performing catalytic dehydrogenation of methanol for the in situ production of anhydrous formaldehyde, which is then consumed in a one-pot base-catalysed condensation with MeP to afford methyl 3-hydroxy-2-methylpropanoate, which spontaneously dehydrogenates to MMA, some of which is subsequently hydrogenated to methyl 2-methypropanoate (MiBu).



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222–227
Issue number1
Early online date10 Nov 2015
StatePublished - 7 Jan 2016

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  • Anhydrous formaldehyde, Dehydrogenation, Methyl methacrylate, One-pot system, Ruthenium

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