Selective Metathesis of α-Olefins from Bio-Sourced Fischer–Tropsch Feeds

Mathieu Rouen, Pierre Queval, Etienne Borre, Laura Falivene, Albert Poater, Mikael Berthod, Francois Hugues, Luigi Cavallo, Olivier Basle, Helene Olivier-Bourbigou, Marc Mauduit

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Abstract

The search for a low-cost process for the valorization of linear alpha-olefins combining high productivity and high selectivity is a longstanding goal for chemists. Herein, we report a soluble ruthenium olefin metathesis catalyst that performs the conversion of linear alpha-olefins to longer internal linear olefins with high selectivity (>99%) under neat conditions at low loadings (50 ppm) and without the need of expensive additives. This robust catalytic process allowed us to efficiently and selectively re-equilibrate the naphtha fraction (C-5-C-8) of a Fischer-Tropsch feed derived from non petroleum resources to a higher-value product range (C-9-C-14), useful as detergent and plasticizer precursors.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7970-7976
Number of pages7
JournalACS Catalysis
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2016

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