Alloy-dorming duo unites to amp up possibilities for ethanol

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Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a novel catalyst that converts ethanol into C5+ ketones that can serve as building blocks for everything from solvents to jet fuel. In a new paper, they describe this breakthrough chemistry and the mechanism behind it…

The process is further detailed in the paper “Direct Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to C5+ Ketones: Role of Pd–Zn Alloy on Catalytic Activity and Stability,” published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Ramasamy’s co-authors are Senthil Subramaniam, Mond F. Guo, Michel Gray, Abraham Martinez, Libor Kovarik at PNNL; Xiao Zhang at Washington State University; and Tanmayi Bathena, Konstantinos A. Goulas at Oregon State University.

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