The reaction of CO2 with olefins can bring to different products. Of high interest is the reaction of ethene with CO2 that may produce acrylic acid, CH2=CH-COOH, with a record CFU=1.

Despite many attempts, today there is no catalytic process that may effectively produce acrylic acid or acrylates by coupling ethene and CO2.

Barriers to overcome are represented by the stability of the intermediate that originates from the catalytic species (metallacyclic-carboxylate or hydrido-acrylate compounds).

Our idea to overcome such barriers is to go via the formation of non hydrido-acyclic species that may easily release acrylic derivatives.