Gas phase hydroformylation of ethylene using organometalic Rh-complexes as heterogeneous catalysts.

V.I. Zapirtan, Barbara Mojet, J.G. van Ommen, J. Spitzer, Leonardus Lefferts

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The heterogeneously catalysed gas phase hydroformylation of ethylene to propionaldehyde was studied over solid RhCl(PPh3)3 and RhCl(CO)(PPh3)2. At 3 bar and 185 °C, an active phase formed from RhCl(PPh3)3 which was different from RhCl(CO)(PPh3)2 under the reaction conditions studied. The selectivity of RhCl(PPh3)3 to propanal was much better than that of supported Rh-metal. Thus, solid metal-complexes operated in gas phase reactions clearly hold promise as a new class of heterogeneous catalysts.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • IR-54149
  • METIS-227843

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