Gas Phase Oxidations

Dr. V. Narayana Kalevaru

Key research areas

  • Selective oxidation of aromatics
  • Ammoxidation of alkyl aromatics and heteroaromatics
  • Acetoxylation of alkyl aromatics
  • Catalytic converson of CH4 and CO2 to useful products
  • Biogas conversion to formaldehyde
  • Oxidative coupling of toluene with methane to styrene
  • Coupling of dehydrogenation and hydrogenation reactions in one step
  • Oxidative dehydrogenation of light alkanes
  • Catalyst synthesis and characterisation

Projects are being carried out in cooperation with the chemical industry in Germany and elsewhere in Europe; basic research projects are being implemented in conjunction with international cooperation with India, Saudi Arabia etc. and also the Projects funded by BMBF, Leibniz-Gemeinschaft etc..

A few examples of successful projects

  • Ammoxidation of 2,6-dichlorotoluene, 2-methylpyrazine etc. to their corresponding nitriles in gas phase continuous process (X = 90-100% & Y-nitriles = 70-80 %)
  • Ammoxidation of 3-picoline to nicotinonitrile (X = 100 % & Y-NN > 90 %)
  • Gas phase acetoxylation of toluene to benzyl acetate (X = 90 % & Y-BA >75 %)

The mission / vision

  • To develop highly active and selective heterogeneous catalysts for various partial oxidation reactions
  • To build technical competence in gas phase oxidations
  • To achieve a strong level of expertise in ground-breaking areas of heterogeneous oxidation catalysis
  • To establish a balance between innovation and discovery-driven research projects (both basic and industrial research)