Case Number 101052 - New Catalysts for the Selective Oxidation of Propane to Acrylic Acid

Contact: Geoffrey Pinski
Phone: 513-558-5696

Description:  One of the major objectives of the refining and petrochemical industry is the ability to upgrade cheaper raw materials from lower to higher molecular weight in order to produce highly desirable oxygenated compounds. Specialized multicomponent vanadium molybdate mixed oxide catalysts are commonly used for this purpose. Thus far, however, catalytic oxidation of propane using such materials has produced only acetic acid, acetaldehyde, and carbon oxides.
A new group of catalysts for the selective oxidation of propane to acrylic acid has been developed in our laboratories.
The new catalysts display high selectivity for the production of acrylic acid from propane in a single step and with high yield.
The catalysts can be prepared using conventional methods.