A catalyst, its method of preparation and its use for producing aliphatic ketones by subjecting alkanes C.sub.3 to C.sub.9 to a gas phase catalytic oxidation in the presence of air or oxygen, and, optionally, steam and/or one or more diluting gases. The catalyst comprises a catalytically active mixed metal oxide phase and a suitable support material onto and/or into which the active catalytic phase is dispersed.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT
The present invention was made with funds provided by the United State Department of Energy under Grant Nos. DE-F002-03ER83652 and DE-FG02-05ER84321. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.