Investigations into the conversion of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene using MgO: SiO2 supported catalysts

Marek Lewandowski, Gowri S. Babu, Massimiliano Vezzoli, Matthew D. Jones, Rhodri E. Owen, Davide Mattia, Pawel Plucinski, Ewelina Mikolajska, Agnieska Ochenduszko, David C. Apperley

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We report the applicability of ZrO/ZnO impregnated onto a variety of MgO:SiO materials as heterogeneous catalysts for the conversion of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene. The selectivity to 1,3-butadiene is affected by the ratio of the basic MgO to the acidic SiO, with higher selectivities being observed as the mole fraction of MgO increases. The catalysts have been characterised by SEM, XPS, pXRD, BET surface area measurements and Si solid-state NMR spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Communications
Early online date8 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2014


  • Heterogeneous catalysts
  • Ethanol
  • 1,3-butadiene
  • Supported catalysts

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