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Dimethyl oxalate is used as an alternate fuel in the direct oxidation fuel cell. It is involved in the catalytic hydrogenation using Cu/SiO22ub> to prepare ethylene glycol. It is also used in the selective gas-phase hydrogenation catalyzed by Ag/SiO2 to get the corresponding alcohol.
For reactions of oxalic esters, see Diethyl oxalate, A14498.
Wen, C.; Cui, Y.; Chen, X.; Zong, B.; Dai, W. L. Reaction temperature controlled selective hydrogenation of dimethyl oxalate to methyl glycolate and ethylene glycol over copper-hydroxyapatite catalysts. Appl. Catal., B 2015, 162, 483-493.
Zhou, J.; Duan, X.; Ye, L.; Zheng, J.; Li, M. M. J.; Tsang, S. C. E.; Yuan, Y. Enhanced chemoselective hydrogenation of dimethyl oxalate to methyl glycolate over bimetallic Ag-Ni/SBA-15 catalysts. Appl. Catal., A 2015, 505, 344-353.
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