Recent progress in selective catalytic conversion of polycyclic hydrocarbons over zeolite catalysts

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Abstract

This paper is an account of our recent work which demonstrates that high-value chemicals can be obtained from polycyclic hydrocarbons by shape-selective conversion over certain 12-MR or 10-MR zeolite catalysts or zeolite-supported metal catalysts. We are studying shape-selective alkylation of naphthalene into 2,6-dialkylnaphthalene, ring-shift isomerization of sym-octahydrophenanthrene into sym-octahydroanthracene, shape-selective alkylation of biphenyl into 4,4′-dialkylbiphenyl, conformational isomerization of cis-decalin into trans-decalin, selective hydrogenation of naphthalene into either cis-or trans-decalin, and regie-selective hydrogenation of heteroatom-containing aromatic compounds. The products of such selective reactions are value-added chemicals, specialty chemicals, monomers of advanced polymer materials such as high-performance polyesters and liquid crystalline polymers, or components of advanced thermally stable aviation jet fuels for high-Mach aircraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-270
Number of pages23
JournalACS Symposium Series
Volume738
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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