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Liquid phase low temperature method for production of methanol from synthesis gas and catalyst formulations therefor

United States Patent

July 26, 2005
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The invention provides a homogenous catalyst for the production of methanol from purified synthesis gas at low temperature and low pressure which includes a transition metal capable of forming transition metal complexes with coordinating ligands and an alkoxide, the catalyst dissolved in a methanol solvent system, provided the transition metal complex is not transition metal carbonyl. The coordinating ligands can be selected from the group consisting of N-donor ligands, P-donor ligands, O-donor ligands, C-donor ligands, halogens and mixtures thereof.
Mahajan; Devinder (South Setauket, NY)
Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (Upton, NY)
10/ 046,603
January 16, 2002
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.