Cross-metathesis of propane and methane: A catalytic reaction of C-C bond cleavage of a higher alkane by methane

Daravong Soulivong, Christophe Copéret*, Jean Thivolle-Cazat, Jean-Marie Maurice Basset, Barry M. Maunders, Richard B.A. Pardy, Glenn J. Sunley

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Abstract

Methane, a building block for basic chemicals through its incorporation into alkanes: when a methane/propane mixture is passed over a tantalum hydride catalyst at 250°C, propane is transformed into two ethane molecules through the incorporation of one methane unit. This reaction corresponds to a cross-metathesis of propane and methane (see scheme; Alk = alkyl).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5366-5369
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume43
Issue number40
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2004

Keywords

  • Alkanes
  • Cross-metathesis
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Methane homologation
  • Tantalum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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