Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reaction of HCo(CO)4with Ethyl Acrylate. Conversion of (1-(Ethoxycarbonyl)ethyl)cobalt Tetracarbonyl to (3-(Ethoxycarbonyl)propionyl)cobalt Tetracarbonyl

Ferenc Ungvary, Laszlo Marko

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The dicobalt octacarbonyl catalyzed reaction of hydridocobalt tetracarbonyl and ethyl acrylate in the presence of carbon monoxide results under kinetically controlled conditions (<10 °C) in the formation of ethyl propionate, ethyl 2-formylpropionate, and tetracarbonyl. Under thermodynamic control (>25 °C) the latter complex is transformed into (3-(ethoxycarbonyl)propionyl)cobalt tetracarbonyl which is the precursor of ethyl 3-formylpropionate. This temperature effect is in accordance with the known influence of temperature on the distribution of isomeric aldehydes in the catalytic hydroformylation of ethyl acrylate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2341-2345
Number of pages5
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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