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Title: Process for the conversion of lower alcohols to higher branched oxygenates

A process is provided for the production of branched C.sub.4+ oxygenates from lower alcohols such as methanol, ethanol, propanol and mixtures thereof. The process comprises contacting the lower alcohols with a solid catalyst comprising a mixed metal oxide support having components selected from the group consisting of oxides of zinc, magnesium, zirconia, titanium, manganese, chromium, and lanthanides, and an activation metal selected from the group consisting of Group VIII metal, Group IB metals, and mixtures thereof. The advantage of the process is improved yields and selectivity to isobutanol which can subsequently be employed in the production of high octane motor gasoline.
  1. (Arlington Heights, IL)
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UOP (Des Plaines, IL) NETL
Patent Number(s):
US 5559275
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United States
process; conversion; alcohols; branched; oxygenates; provided; production; methanol; ethanol; propanol; mixtures; comprises; contacting; solid; catalyst; comprising; mixed; metal; oxide; support; components; selected; consisting; oxides; zinc; magnesium; zirconia; titanium; manganese; chromium; lanthanides; activation; viii; metals; advantage; improved; yields; selectivity; isobutanol; subsequently; employed; octane; motor; gasoline; viii metal; comprises contacting; mixed metal; metal oxide; process comprises; catalyst comprising; metal selected; oxide support; solid catalyst; /999/