Volume 94 Issue 10 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 7, 2016 | Web Date: March 4, 2016

Improved route from syngas to light olefins

Catalytic process has advantages over methanol- and Fischer Tropsch-based technologies
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Organic SCENE
Keywords: process chemistry, syngas, ketene, olefins, metal oxide, zeolite, oil, petroleum, methanol, catalysis

A catalytic technique has promise as a new way of industrially producing olefins such as ethylene and propylene.

Manufacturers use low-molecular-weight olefins to make plastics, solvents, paints, medicines, and other products. The largest-volume organic chemicals produced worldwide, these “light” olefins have traditionally been made, and are still primarily made, by catalytic cracking of crude oil.

Because of high oil prices and petroleum conservation efforts in past years, researchers developed two technologies as alternatives to catalytic . . .

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