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Catalytic Functionalisation of Lower Alkanes

Objective

The overall objective of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of the relationship between the structure and catalytic properties of multicomponent selective oxidation catalysts, specifically for the partial oxidation of ethane, propane, butane and pentane. The goals are:- to identify novel routes for the partial oxidation of ethane to ethene and to acetic acid; the partial oxidation of propane to propene; the partial oxidation of butane to maleic anhydride;the partial oxidation of pentane to phthalic anhydride;- to understand the parameters which determine the selectivity of these optimized catalysts for the synthesis of specific new products for the fine chemicals industry.
The relationship between the structure and catalytic properties of multicomponent selective oxidation catalysts, specifically for the partial oxidation of ethane, propane, butane and pentane has been studied. The research has concentrated on 2 main themes: oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes and partial oxidation to oxygenates. Collaboration between research groups has resulted in the exchange of catalyst samples and access to specialist techniques. The development of an improved understanding of the parameters which influence the catalytic properties of complex mixed oxides is progressing and the nature of the active centres in some catalysts, for example vanadium phosphates, has been established.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Whiteknights
RG6 2AD Reading / Silchester
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Avenue Albert Einstein 2
69626 Villeurbanne
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Campus Uam Cantoblanco
28049 Madrid
Instituto Superior Técnico
Portugal
Address
1,Avenida Rovisco Pais
1096 Lisboa
POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
United Kingdom
Address
Crown Street
L69 7ZD Liverpool
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
S/n,avenida De Los Naranjos S/n
46022 Valencia
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
Address
College Road
30 Cork
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
Plassey Technological Park
61 Limerick
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Netherlands
Address

7500 AE Enschede
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Italy
Address
Viale Del Risorgimento 4
40136 Bologna
Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg 1
France
Address
1,Rue Blaise Pascal 1
67008 Strasbourg