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Green synthesis of propylene oxide directly from propane

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Kube, Pierre ; Dong, Jinhu ; Bastardo, Nuria Sánchez ; Ruland, Holger ; Schlögl, Robert ; Margraf, Johannes T. ; Reuter, Karsten ; Trunschke, Annette:
Green synthesis of propylene oxide directly from propane.
In: Nature Communications. Vol. 13 (2022) . - 7504.
ISSN 2041-1723
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-34967-2

Abstract in another language

The chemical industry faces the challenge of bringing emissions of climate-damaging CO2 to zero. However, the synthesis of important intermediates, such as olefins or epoxides, is still associated with the release of large amounts of greenhouse gases. This is due to both a high energy input for many process steps and insufficient selectivity of the underlying catalyzed reactions. Surprisingly, we find that in the oxidation of propane at elevated temperature over apparently inert materials such as boron nitride and silicon dioxide not only propylene but also significant amounts of propylene oxide are formed, with unexpectedly small amounts of CO2. Process simulations reveal that the combined synthesis of these two important chemical building blocks is technologically feasible. Our discovery leads the ways towards an environmentally friendly production of propylene oxide and propylene in one step. We demonstrate that complex catalyst development is not necessary for this reaction.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Künstliche Intelligenz in der physiko-chemischen Materialanalytik
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Chemistry > Chair Künstliche Intelligenz in der physiko-chemischen Materialanalytik > Chair Künstliche Intelligenz in der physiko-chemischen Materialanalytik - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Theo Margraf
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2023 13:33
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2023 13:33
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/87661