Fischer-Tropsch reaction

The Fischer-Tropsch reaction is 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 → -CH2- + H2O.