, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 289-294

Strategies for the selective catalytic oxidation of alkanes

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An overview is provided of the state of technology for the upgrading of alkane feedstocks to chemical intermediates. This is a technology survey based largely on the information from recent patent literature. Examples are described for options for commercial application of oxidation catalysis for converting alkanes to commodity chemicals. These examples are used to illustrate points about economic incentives and technical hurdles across several prospective alkane conversion processes.