The effect of oxide structure and cation reduction potential of vanadates on the selective oxidative dehydrogenation of butane and propane

Ozie S. Owen, Mayfair C. Kung, Harold H. Kung

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The oxidative dehydrogenation of butane over a series of orthovanadates of cations of different reduction potentials showed a correlation that the selectivity for dehydrogenation decreased with increasing ease of reduction of the cation. The highest selectivity was observed on Mg orthovanadate. Mg pyrovanadate was nonselective for butane oxidation, but was as selective as Mg orthovanadate in propane oxidation. These results were interpreted by the different structures of the two Mg vanadates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-50
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Letters
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1992



  • Propane
  • alkane
  • butane
  • cation reduction potential
  • dehydrogenation
  • oxidation
  • oxide structure
  • vanadates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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