Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling of Neat Alcohols Using Group VI Sulfide Catalysts

Lauren R. McCullough, David J. Childers, Rachel A. Watson, Beata A. Kilos, David G. Barton, Eric Weitz, Harold H. Kung, Justin M. Notestein*

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Group VI sulfides were synthesized via coprecipitation of elemental sulfur and metal hexacarbonyl and characterized with XRD, XPS, and TEM. These materials were then demonstrated as active catalysts for the acceptorless dehydrogenative coupling of neat ethanol to ethyl acetate, rapidly reaching equilibrium conversion and up to 90% selectivity. Other primary alcohols form the corresponding esters, while diols formed the corresponding cyclic ethers and oligomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4890-4896
Number of pages7
JournalACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 5 2017


  • Aqueous
  • Esters
  • Ethanol
  • Molybdenum sulfide
  • Organic acids
  • Oxidative dehydrogenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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