Homologation of propane catalyzed by oxide-supported zirconium dihydride and dialkyl complexes

Chloé Thieuleux*, Alexandrine Maraval, Laurent Veyre, Christophe Copéret, Daravong Soulivong, Jean Marie Basset, Glenn J. Sunley

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Abstract

(Chemical Equation Presented) Under supercritical conditions and at moderate temperatures, propane is transformed into higher-branched homologues in the presence of a zirconium-dihydride catalyst supported on an oxide material such as silica. Products are formed by a reaction similar to Ziegler-Natta olefin polymerization. Olefinic units generated on one alkyl branch are inserted into the other branch to make a longer alkyl chain (see scheme).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2288-2290
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume46
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alkanes
  • C-C coupling
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrides
  • Zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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