The catalytic combustion of 1-hexene present in diluent nitrogen in the concentrations of 1170 p.p.m. and 3000 p.p.m. by excess oxygen, has been studied in the presence of the CuO-Al2O3 (1:1) catalyst in the temperature range 242° to 424°C. and gas space velocity in the range 4000–16,000 hr.−1. The experimental data on the kinetics of the reaction were found to fit an empirical half-order law with respect to the 1-hexene concentration. The presence of water vapor in the reactants was found to have no effect on the efficiency of the catalyst at temperatures higher than 400°C. The above results were similar to those obtained for the catalytic oxidation of n-hexane studied earlier.

The possible use of the above copper oxide-alumina catalyst for the simultaneous removal of hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide present in the auto exhaust gases has been tested, making use of a 1955 six-cylinder Chevrolet engine run on leaded gasoline fuel. The hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide concentrations encountered in these studies varied in the range 170–16,000 p.p.m. and 1–7% respectively. It was found that the minimum initial temperature of the catalyst bed required for the complete removal of both hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, simultaneously, was 226°C. under no load condition, 342°C. under an engine load of 2.5 h.p., 400°C. under an engine load of 5.1 h.p. or higher, and 236°C. under deceleration conditions. The catalyst showed no deterioration in performance even after 100 hours of continuous service in conjunction with the above auto exhaust gases.