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An overview of recent advances of the catalytic selective oxidation of ethane to oxygenates

Armstrong, Robert, Hutchings, Graham and Taylor, Stuart Hamilton 2016. An overview of recent advances of the catalytic selective oxidation of ethane to oxygenates. Catalysts 6 (5) , 71. 10.3390/catal6050071

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Abstract

The selective partial oxidation of short chain alkanes is a key challenge within catalysis research. Direct ethane oxidation to oxygenates is a difficult aim, but potentially rewarding, and it could lead to a paradigm shift in the supply chain of several bulk chemicals. Unfortunately, low C–H bond reactivity and kinetically labile products are just some reasons affecting the development and commercialisation of such processes. Research into direct ethane oxidation is therefore disparate, with approaches ranging from oxidation in the gas phase at high temperatures to enzyme catalysed hydroxylation under ambient conditions. Furthermore, in overcoming the barrier posed by the chemically inert C–H bond a range of oxidants have been utilised. Despite years of research, this remains an intriguing topic from both academic and commercial perspectives. Herein we describe some recent developments within the field of catalytic ethane oxidation focusing on the formation of oxygenated products, whilst addressing the key challenges which are still to be overcome.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Chemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2073-4344
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 May 2016
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2019 22:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91155

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