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SELECTIVE CATALYTIC PRODUCTION OF LINEAR ALPHA OLEFINS FROM LACTONES AND UNSATURATED CARBOXYLIC ACIDS

United States Patent Application

20150005558
A1
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Described is a method to make linear alpha olefins. The method includes the steps of contacting a feedstock having a lactone and/or an unsaturated carboxylic acid with a solid acid catalyst having acidic catalytic sites including Lewis acid catalytic sites, for a time and a temperature wherein at least a fraction of the lactone and/or unsaturated carboxylic acid present in the feedstock is converted into a linear alpha olefin. The method may optionally take place in the presence of water. The solid acid catalyst should preferably have at least 50% Lewis acid catalytic sites.
Dumesic, James Anthony (Verona, WI), Wang, Dong (Madison, WI), Hakim, Sikander Hussain (Madison, WI), Martin Alonso, David (Madison, WI)
13/ 928,811
June 27, 2013
FEDERAL FUNDING STATEMENT [0001] This invention was made with government support under DE-FCO2-07ER64494 awarded by the US Department of Energy and 0813570 awarded by the National Science Foundation. The government has certain rights in the invention.