A Selective Pathway from Methanol to Ethylene and Propene


  • This work was supported by the Federal German Ministry of Research and Technology (grant designation: 01 VM 399-ZK/NT/NTS 2036).

  • Dedicated to Professor Rolf Sammet on the occasion of his 60th birthday


Assured supplies of raw materials is of topical interest in view of the threatening scarcity of petroleum. Mu-doped aluminosilicate catalysts transform methanol into a surprisingly narrow range of products containing a large proportion of ethylene and propene. Methanol is accessible, in principle, from all carbonaceous materials via synthesis gas.