Highly efficient dehydrogenation of formic acid in aqueous solution catalysed by an easily available water-soluble iridium(III) dihydride

G. Papp, G. Ölveti, H. Horváth, Kathó, F. Joó

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The new water-soluble cis-mer-[IrH2Cl(mtppms)3] (mtppms = monosulfonated triphenylphosphine) was employed as a catalyst for selective decomposition of formic acid to H2 + CO2 in aqueous solution at T = 30-100 °C. The easily synthesized compound showed high catalytic activity (TOF up to 298 000 h-1) and could be reused several times with no loss of activity (total TON = 67 650). A sharp maximum in the reaction rate was observed at pH = 3.75; its coincidence with the pKa of formic acid shows that both H+ or HCOOH and HCOO- play important roles in the reaction mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14516-14519
Number of pages4
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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