Linear Carboxylic Acids from Syngas

  • John F. Knifton


The versatility of palladium as a selective carbonylation catalyst is well recognized (1, 2); far less attention, however, has been given to ensuring the long-term activity of these solubilized palladium species. Two very different classes of novel palladium homogeneous catalyst systems are described herein whose function is to convert readily available petrochemical feed stocks viz. linear α-olefins and 1, 3-butadiene, to linear, short-chain fatty acids (SFA’s) and their ester derivatives. Particular emphasis has been given to identifying those parameters which ensure extended catalyst activity for the palladium and thereby high turnover numbers and multi-cycle synthesis.


Tertiary Amine Palladium Catalyst Ester Yield Calculated Basis Palladium Acetate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Knifton
    • 1
  1. 1.Jefferson Chemical Co., Inc.Subsidiary of Texaco Inc.AustinUSA

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