2390. NATTA, G., AND BOCCAREDDA, M. [Motor Fuel of High Octane Number. Synthesis of Isooctane From Water Gas.] Riv. ital. petrolio, vol. 6, No. 65, 1938, pp. 14-19; World Petrol., vol. 10, 1939, p. 69; British Chem. Abs., 1939, B, p. 571.
Isobutylene, obtained by dehydrogenation of BuOH produced in the synthesis of MeOH from water gas, mixed with a small amount of gaseous HCl, is heated to 100°-250° and passed over solid Al2O3 previously activated by heating to 400°-450°. The isooctene produced is then hydrogenated to isooctane.