Industrial methods[ edit ] Alkenes are produced by hydrocarbon cracking. Raw materials are mostly natural gas condensate components principally ethane and propane in the US and Mideast and naphtha in Europe and Asia. Alkanes are broken apart at high temperatures, often in the presence of a zeolite catalyst, to produce a mixture of primarily aliphatic alkenes and lower molecular weight alkanes. The mixture is feedstock and temperature dependent, and separated by fractional distillation.
Ethene… Acyclic monoolefins have the general formula CnH2n, C being a carbon atomH a hydrogen atom, and n an integer.
They are rare in nature but can be formed in large quantities through industrial processing. One of the first processes used to produce them, developed in the early 20th century, was thermal cracking breaking down of large molecules of petroleum oils to gasoline.
Olefins later were also produced via fluid catalytic cracking and hydrocracking. Beginning in the s, so-called linear alpha olefins LAOs; distinguished by the double bond occurring on the first, or alpha, carbon atom in the unbranched chain were produced through polymerization specifically, oligomerization and olefin metathesis, which together formed the basis of the Shell higher olefin process SHOP.
In olefin oligomerization, the compounds are grown by combining lower-molecular-weight monoolefins, particularly ethylene.
Olefin metathesis involves the exchange of chemical substituents with subsequent re-formation of double bonds. LAOs produced via oligomerization and olefin metathesis are used as starting materials for plastics e.
Hence, lower monoolefins other examples of which include propylene and butylene are the basis for an extensive petrochemicals industry. Both ethylene and propylene occur naturally in the environment.
Acyclic diolefins, also known as acyclic dialkenes, or acyclic dienes, with the general formula CnH2n-2, contain two double bonds; they undergo reactions similar to the monoolefins.
The best-known dienes are butadiene and isopreneused in the manufacture of synthetic rubber. Olefins containing two to four carbon atoms per molecule are gaseous at ordinary temperatures and pressure; those containing five or more carbon atoms are usually liquid at ordinary temperatures.
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