Volume 94 Issue 48 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: December 5, 2016 | Web Date: December 1, 2016

Boron nitride unexpectedly converts propane to propene

Low-cost, metal-free material shows promise as catalyst for key hydrocarbon conversion reaction
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: catalysis, boron nitride, propane, propylene, oxidative dehydrogenation

Boron nitride has made news repeatedly in recent years as a material with an appealing mix of structural and physical properties. But it hasn’t made news as a catalyst, and certainly not one with the potential to drive global-scale industrial chemical processes.

That all just changed. Researchers have demonstrated that boron nitride (BN) selectively catalyzes conversion of propane to propene, a valuable chemical used worldwide on the multimillion-ton-per-year scale (Science 2016, DOI: . . .

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