Partial oxidation of ethane was studied on unsupported and supported Mo-V-Nb oxides. Different grades of titania (Crystal-AF4.60, AF7.70 and AF12.5 and Degussa P25) were explored as supports. Samples of the catalyst were characterized using XRD, SEM and BET surface area. The reaction was carried out at 200-275°C and 200 psi. At ethane conversion (6%), unsupported samples exhibited selectivities to ethylene and acetic acid of 76 and 23%, while for Degussa P25-supported sample, the values were 54 and 35%, respectively. Addition of Pd (0.196%) led to an increase in selectivity to acetic acid of 75%.
Al-Zeghayer, Yousef S.; Al-Awadi, Abdulrhman S.; Jibril, Baba Y.; Soliman, Moustafa A.; and Al-Mayman, Sulaiman, "Partial Oxidation of Ethane to Acetic Acid on Titania Supported MoVNbPd Catalyst" (2013). Chemical Engineering. 44.