Volume 89 Issue 27 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 4, 2011

Titanium Sparks Ethane-To-Ethylene Conversion ...

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: ethane, dehydrogenation, titanium alkylidyne, sustainability

With the help of a titanium alkylidyne reagent, chemists have found a way to make ethylene from ethane at room temperature (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja202316m). Ethane is a major component of natural gas, but for uses other than fuel, such as to make polymers or more reactive two-carbon compounds, the saturated hydrocarbon needs to become a molecule with a reactive handle. This feat is typically done by stripping off hydrogen via . . .

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