Bulky Aryloxy Catalyst Precursors for CO2 Reduction
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The search for a good catalyst for CO2 reduction using triethylsilane has been a recent research topic in our lab. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas, its conversion into something useful on an industry level scale while removing it from the environment would be extraordinary. It has been previously hypothesized that the high strength and polarity of the Al-O bond in low coordinate cationic aluminum alkoxides and phenoxides [(RO)2Al]+ would make more reactive and robust catalysts1. A study has been performed for a proposed mechanism2.