One-step synthesis of ethyl acetate from ethene and oxygen

M. Furuta*, M. C. Kung, H. H. Kung

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A one-step synthesis of ethyl acetate from a feed mixture of ethene, oxygen, and water using a supported Pd and silicotungstic acid catalyst was demonstrated. At about 180 °C and 25% ethene conversion, ethyl acetate could be produced with up to 46% selectivity, together with 34% acetic acid and ethanol that could be recycled. The catalyst was believed to be bifunctional, with Pd providing the oxidation function and the silicotungstic acid providing the acidic function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L9-L11
JournalApplied Catalysis A: General
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 26 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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