Partial oxidation of ethane over K2MoO4/SiO2 and potassium promoted MoO3/SiO2 catalyst

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Silica supported K2MoO4 and potassium-promoted MoO3 were used as catalysts for the partial oxidation of ethane in fix-bed continuous-flow reactor at 770-823 K using N2O as oxidant. The main products of the oxidation reaction were ethylene, acetaldehyde, CO and CO2. Addition of various compounds of potassium to the MoO3/SiO2 greatly enhanced the conversion of ethane and influenced the product distribution. The highest rate and selectivity for acetaldehyde formation was found on a K2MoO4/SiO2 catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1991


  • Ethane oxidation
  • acetaldehyde production
  • alkali metal promotors
  • oxidation with dinitrogen oxide
  • potassium molybdate catalyst
  • silica supported molybdenum oxide catalyst

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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