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- n. Any of a class of compounds in which one or more hydrogen atoms of a silane are replaced by alkyl groups
The formal reaction partner is a hydrosilane, an organosilicon compound that acts as a reducing agent.
The process also used hydrosilane, a combination of silica and hydrogen.
Ongoing research at IBN aims to find cheap alternatives for the hydrosilane reagent so that the production of methanol can be even more cost-effective for mass industrial production.