3650. WENDER, I., AND ORCHIN, M. Critical Review of the Chemistry of the Oxo Synthesis for Production of Alcohols From Olefins, Carbon Monoxide, and Hydrogen. Bureau of Mines Rept. Investigations 4270, 1948, 26 pp.
Reviews the developments that have taken place in the synthesis of the higher alcohols and discusses the chemistry of the process, the reaction mechanism, the nature and analysis of the products, and their uses. The practical importance of the Oxo reaction is clearly outlined. The industrial production of long-chain alcohols, aldehydes, and fatty acids from olefin fractions of Fischer-Tropsch products or of petroleum products appears now to be a matter of careful cost estimating and engineering design.