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Fischer-Tropsch reaction




A way of making organic molecules, especially long-chain functionalized aliphatic hydrocarbons, from carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H2) in the presence of a catalyst; similar processing can occur on a grain surface. It is named after F. Fischer and H. Tropsch, the German coal researchers who discovered it in 1923.

The reaction can be written in a simplified form as: CO + 2H2 right arrow -CH2- + H2O.


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