On the existence of the elusive monomethyl ester of carbonic acid [CH 3OC(O)OH] at 300 K: 1H- and 13C NMR measurements and DFT calculations

Angela Dibenedetto, Michele Aresta, Potenzo Giannoccaro, Carlo Pastore, I. Pápai, G. Schubert

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The elusive monomethyl ester of carbonic acid [CH3OC(O)-OH] has been prepared at 300 K by protonation of the sodium salt NaOC(O)OCH3 with anhydrous HCl or water and characterized by 1H- and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The stability of the acid and its reactivity towards hydroxo ions and methylating agents under ambient conditions are discussed. The energetics and the mechanism of the investigated reactions are examined on the basis of density functional calculations. For kinetic and thermodynamic reasons CH3OC(O)OH is unlikely to be formed by insertion of CO2 into the O-H bond of methanol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)908-913
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 6 2006



  • Carbon dioxide
  • Density functional calculations
  • Methylation
  • NMR spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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