Investigations into the conversion of ethanol into 1,3-butadiene

Matthew D Jones, Callum G Keir, Carlo Di Iulio, Ruth A M Robertson, Cliff V Williams, David C Apperley

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In this paper we report the utility of a variety of silica impregnated bi- and trimetallic catalysts for the conversion of ethanol into 1,3-butadiene. The highest selectivity observed was 67%. The catalysts have been characterised via29Si solid-state NMR spectroscopy, TEM, XPS, pXRD and nitrogen adsorption studies. Different silica materials have been investigated as supports and there appears to be a relationship between the pore diameter and the selectivity to 1,3-butadiene. When the same metals were impregnated on non-acidic supports the conversion dramatically reduced.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-272
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date14 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2011


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