Catalysis Letters

, Volume 11, Issue 3–6, pp 349–356 | Cite as

Selective synthesis of light olefins from syngas over potassium-promoted molybdenum carbide catalysts

  • Ki Yeop Park
  • Won Kyu Seo
  • Jae Sung Lee


In the hydrogenation of CO at atmospheric pressure, unsupported molybdenum carbide catalyst produced mostly C1-C5 paraffins. Promotion of the catalyst with K2CO3 yielded C2-C5 hydrocarbons consisting of 80–100% olefins and reduced the methane selectivity. The selectivity of C2-C5 olefins among all hydrocarbon products was 50–70 wt% at CO conversions up to 70%.


Molybdenum carbides potassium promoted CO hydrogenation olefin selectivity 


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© J.C. Baltzer A.G. Scientific Publishing Company 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ki Yeop Park
    • 1
  • Won Kyu Seo
    • 1
  • Jae Sung Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringPohang Institute of Science and Technology and Research Institute of Industrial Science and TechnologyPohangKorea

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