In industrial chemistry, carboalkoxylation is a process for converting alkenes to esters. Also called hydroesterification, this reaction is a form of carbonylation. A closely related reaction is hydrocarboxylation, which employs water in place of alcohols
- C2H4 + CO + MeOH → MeO2CC2H5
The process is catalyzed by Pd[C6H4(CH2PBu-t)2]2. Under similar conditions, other Pd-diphosphines catalyze formation of polyethyleneketone.