A handful of compounds derived from natural gas and crude petroleum are converted into a vast array of industrial petrochemicals. Starting materials for most petrochemical intermediates include synthesis gas, ethylene, propylene, butadiene and BTX (benzene, toluene, xylenes). This one-page reference provides an overview of the chemical routes and reactions required to manufacture these fundamental petrochemicals, as well as reactions for generating some of their immediate chemical derivatives.
Key Reactions for the Petrochemical Industry
| By Scott Jenkins