Selective Metathesis of α-Olefins from Bio-Sourced Fischer–Tropsch Feeds

Research paper by Mathieu Rouen, Pierre Queval, Etienne Borré, Laura Falivene, Albert Poater, Mikaël Berthod, François Hugues, Luigi Cavallo, Olivier Baslé, Hélène Olivier-Bourbigou, Marc Mauduit

Indexed on: 27 Oct '16Published on: 14 Oct '16Published in: ACS Catalysis


The search for a low-cost process for the valorization of linear α-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 α-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 (C5–C8) of a Fischer–Tropsch feed derived from non-petroleum resources to a higher-value product range (C9–C14), useful as detergent and plasticizer precursors.

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