Ethylene Oxidation on a Supported Liquid-Phase Wacker Catalyst

I. Sine Shaw, Joshua S Dranoff, John B. Butt

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The oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde with a supported liquid-phase (SLP) Wacker catalyst has been investigated. The active phase of the catalyst, a chlorinated solution of PdCl2, CuCl2, and Cu(NO3)2, was supported on three aluminas of differing texture. The reaction was studied in the temperature range 40-80 ¯C as a function of the catalyst liquid loading. A unimodal size distribution was found desirable in optimizing overall activity, and maximum activity was obtained for a liquid loading of about 0.1 volume liquid catalyst phase/volume pores. Kinetic studies in excess oxygen suggest that the reaction is approximately first order in ethylene. Catalyst deactivation is probably related to a loss of Cl- during the reaction cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-942
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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