Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis

, Volume 127, Issue 2, pp 1025–1038 | Cite as

Oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde by N2O on Na-modified FeZSM-5 zeolite

  • Mikhail V. ParfenovEmail author
  • Larisa V. Pirutko


The oxidation of ethylene to acetaldehyde by N2O on Na-modified FeZSM-5 zeolite in a flow mode was studied at a temperature of 300 to 375 °C and with varying the feed mixture ratio N2O:ethylene:He from 5:5:90 to 5:95:0. It was found that in this range of conditions, acetaldehyde could be produced with selectivity up to 55%. Other reaction products were COx, coke and some amount of unidentified products, which were mostly the result of non-oxidative transformations of ethylene. To study the mechanism of the reaction, we used a quasi-catalytic mode in the temperature range 150–200 °C. The products accumulated on the surface during the reaction in the quasi-catalytic mode could be extracted from the surface and identified using various analytical methods. This approach allowed us to determine that the primary product of ethylene oxidation is ethylene oxide, which then isomerizes into acetaldehyde.


N2Ethylene Acetaldehyde Reaction mechanism Quasi-catalytic mode FeZSM-5 



We thank Prof. G.I. Panov for fruitful discussions, N.P. Skorupina for catalyst synthesis, Dr. M.V. Shashkov for GC–MS analysis, and Dr. I.E. Soshnikov for NMR analysis. This work was supported by Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (Project АААА-А17-117041710083-5).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boreskov Institute of CatalysisNovosibirskRussia

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