O-Th-Fre-5 Syngas-to-Ethanol using Homogeneous Catalysis

Thursday, June 6, 2013: 9:20 AM
French (Galt House Hotel)
Girish Srinivas, Michael Mundschau, Jeffrey Martin and Steven Gebhard, TDA Research, Inc, USA.
We show that homogeneous catalysts convert synthesis gas into ethanol at rates comparable to the best heterogeneous catalysts at temperatures below 220°C, but with exceptional selectivity; losses of CO to CH4 are <1mol.%. The homogeneous catalysts also convert methanol into ethanol and catalyze the water-gas shift reaction in liquid solution.

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