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Catalytic oxidation of light alkanes in presence of a base

United States Patent

5,723,697
March 3, 1998
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The presence of a base in the reaction mixture in a metal-ligand catalyzed partial oxidation of alkanes results in sustained catalyst activity, and in greater percent conversion as compared with oxidation in the absence of base, while maintaining satisfactory selectivity for the desired oxidation, for example the oxidation of isobutane to isobutanol.
Bhinde; Manoj V. (Boothwyn, PA), Bierl; Thomas W. (West Chester, PA)
Sun Company, Inc. (R&M) (Philadelphia, PA)
08/ 580,918
December 29, 1995
The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC21-90MC26029 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.