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Catalytic conversion of ethanol into an advanced biofuel: Unprecedented selectivity for n-butanol

Dowson, George R. M., Haddow, Mairi F., Lee, Jason, Wingad, Richard L. and Wass, Duncan F. 2013. Catalytic conversion of ethanol into an advanced biofuel: Unprecedented selectivity for n-butanol. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52 (34) , pp. 9005-9008. 10.1002/anie.201303723

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Abstract

Taming the beast: Unprecedented selectivity of over 94 % at good (20 %+) conversion was observed for the upgrade of ethanol to the advanced biofuel 1‐butanol with a ruthenium diphosphine catalyst (see picture; P orange, Ru blue). Preliminary mechanistic studies indicate that control over the notoriously uncontrolled acetaldehyde aldol condensation is critical for the high selectivity, and evidence was found for an on‐metal condensation step.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1433-7851
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2020 16:17
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/128776

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