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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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
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 26 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Dedicated to the memory of Yves Chauvin. This work was supported by the European Community through the seventh framework program (CP-FP 211468-2 EUMET, grant to M.R., L.F., and E.B.). M.M. thanks the CNRS, the ENSCR, Rennes Metropole, and the Region-Bretagne for their financial support. A.P. thanks the Spanish MINECO for project CTQ2014-59832-JIN, and L.C. acknowledges funding from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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