Selected Bronsted acidic ionic liquids were tested as homogeneous catalysts for the dehydration of methanol to dimethyl ether. Ionic liquids incorporating an alkanesulfonic acid as a part of the cation, a complex acidic anion, [A(2)H](-), or both, proved to be good catalysts for this process, providing high conversions and selectivities. Homogeneous catalysis in the liquid state represents a novel approach to dimethyl ether synthesis.
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- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
Atkins, M. P., Earle, M. J., Seddon, K. R., Swadźba-Kwaśny, M., & Vanoye, L. (2010). Selective homogeneous snythesis of dimethyl ether from methanol. Chemical Communications, 46(10), 1745-1747. https://doi.org/10.1039/b923250h