Selective homogeneous snythesis of dimethyl ether from methanol

Martin P. Atkins, Martyn J. Earle, Kenneth R. Seddon, Malgorzata Swadźba-Kwaśny, Laurent Vanoye

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1745-1747
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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