Elucidation of the reaction mechanism for the palladium-catalyzed synthesis of vinyl acetate

Dario Stacchiola, Florencia Calaza, Luke Burkholder, Alan W. Schwabacher, Matthew Neurock, Wilfred T. Tysoe

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Abstract

(Chemical Equation Presented) Finding the right pathway: Reaction of isotopomers of ethylene with acetate species (see scheme) adsorbed on a Pd(111) surface in ultrahigh vacuum has shown that vinyl acetate is produced by insertion of ethylene into the acetate species to form an acetoxyethyl intermediate, which decomposes by β-hydride elimination to yield vinyl acetate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4572-4574
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume44
Issue number29
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2005

Keywords

  • IR spectroscopy
  • Isotopes
  • Palladium
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • Surface chemistry

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