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Key Reactions for the Petrochemical Industry

| By Scott Jenkins

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.

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