Recent Advances in Alcohol Homologation: The Effect of Promoters

  • W. R. Pretzer
  • M. M. Habib

Abstract

Alcohol homologation is a general term describing a process in which an alcohol with n carbon atoms is converted into an n+1 carbon alcohol, i.e. an additional methylene unit has been added to the starting alcohol. As commonly used, alcohol homologation refers to the reaction of an alcohol with carbon monoxide and hydrogen to give higher carbon number oxygenates:
$${\text{ROH}} + {\text{CO}} + 2{{\text{H}}_2} \to {\text{RC}}{{\text{H}}_2}{\text{OH}} + {{\text{H}}_2}{\text{O}}$$
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Keywords

Hydrocarbon Aldehyde Carbonylation Iodide Butanol 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. R. Pretzer
    • 1
  • M. M. Habib
    • 1
  1. 1.Gulf Research & Development CompanyPittsburghUSA

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