Materials & Chemicals
ELECTROCHEMICAL DEHYDROGENATION, EPOXIDATION, SUBSTITUTION, AND HALOGENATION OF HYDROCARBONS AND HYDROCARBON DERIVATIVES
Inventors: Marcel Schreier, Christine Lucky
A method of making epoxides from hydroxy-alkanes. In a reactor having an anode and a cathode separated by an ion exchange membrane, and containing a solution comprising water, halogen ions, and a hydroxy-alkane, apply a potential across the anode and the cathode such that a halogenated hydroxy-alkane is produced at the anode as an anolyte and hydroxyl ions are produced at the cathode as a catholyte; and combining the anolyte and the catholyte to yield an epoxide.