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J Am Chem Soc. 2013 May 15;135(19):7114-7. doi: 10.1021/ja402512r. Epub 2013 May 6.

Long-chain terminal alcohols through catalytic CO hydrogenation.

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  • 1Chemical Physics of Materials (Catalysis-Tribology), Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine, CP 243, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.


We show that long-chain 1-alcohols can be produced with high selectivities using heterogeneous CO hydrogenation catalysis. This breakthrough is achieved through the targeted design of "CoCuMn" nanosized core-shell particles using co-precipitation of metal salts into oxalate precursors and subsequent thermal decomposition. Using stoichiometric CO/H2 feeds, the selectivities to 1-alcohols or combined 1-alcohols/1-alkenes are usually higher than 60% and occasionally up to 95%. The Anderson-Schulz-Flory chain-lengthening probabilities for these products are higher than 0.6, but usually below 0.9 so as to optimize the C8-C14 slate as feedstock for plasticizers, lubricants, or detergents.

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