Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 38, Issue 1–3, pp 147–156

VPO catalyst for n-butane oxidation to maleic anhydride: A goal achieved, or a still open challenge?

  • N. Ballarini
  • F. Cavani
  • C. Cortelli
  • S. Ligi
  • F. Pierelli
  • F. Trifirò
  • C. Fumagalli
  • G. Mazzoni
  • T. Monti
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11244-006-0080-z

Cite this article as:
Ballarini, N., Cavani, F., Cortelli, C. et al. Top Catal (2006) 38: 147. doi:10.1007/s11244-006-0080-z

This review describes recent findings in the oxidation of n-butane to maleic anhydride. The process is commercial since the 80’s, but yet the yield is far from being optimised. Therefore, it represents an emblematic example of how several scientific disciplines, from solid-state science to reactor technology, can contribute to the improvement of the process performance.

Keywords

Vanadyl pyrophosphate n-butane selective oxidation maleic anhydride 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Ballarini
    • 1
  • F. Cavani
    • 1
  • C. Cortelli
    • 1
  • S. Ligi
    • 1
  • F. Pierelli
    • 1
  • F. Trifirò
    • 1
  • C. Fumagalli
    • 2
  • G. Mazzoni
    • 2
  • T. Monti
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale e dei Materiali(INSTM, Research Unit of Bologna)BolognaItaly
  2. 2.Lonza SpAScanzorosciate (BG)Italy

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