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Platinum Metals Rev., 1969, 13, (2), 79

NEW PATENTS: April 1969



Methods of Improving the Mechanical Properties of Metals and their Alloys

johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,134,492

Pt metal alloy articles are given greater strength by cold working and annealing to give oriented recrystallisation.

Improvements in and Relating to the Treatment of Platinum Group Metals and Alloys

johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,139,897

An alloy having properties of oxidation resistance and high mechanical strength is made by alloying Pd with a minor amount of Cr capable of forming a stable refractory compound or alloying Rh or Pt (or Rh, Pt with another Pt-metal) with a minor amount of an element capable of forming a stable refractory compound (the element may be Be, Mg, Al, Si, Th, U or a transition metal) and heating (1000°C) the alloy in a gas (e.g. air or O2) to form the refractory compound (e.g. oxide) in the alloy.


New Chemical Compounds

imperial chemical industries ltd British Patent 1,138,867

These new chemical compounds are Pt group metal alkyl carbonyl halides of formula R. M. COX, where R is alkyl, X is halogen and M is Group VIII noble metal, e.g. C8H17Pt.COCl. They are made by reacting MX with HCOOH and an olefine. No uses are given for the products.

Osmium Carbonyl

johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,140,616

Os carbonyls are prepared by heating (110−175°C) a solution of OsO4 in a hydrocarbon solvent (e.g. xylene) inert to OsO4 under super-atmospheric pressure (10–300 atm) in the presence of CO. The method yields Os3(CO)12 and Os oxycarbonyl.


Method of Producing a Platinum Group Metal or Alloy Electrode

ajinomoto co. inc. British Patent 1,134,620

Better Pt group metal plating adherence to clean surfaces, such as Ti surfaces, is obtained by first electroplating to deposit an alloy of a Pt group metal(s) and non-Pt group metal(s) and then dissolving out the latter from the plated coating. The final Pt alloy or Pt group metal is then electroplated on to the surface.

Production of Gases by the Electrolysis of Water

allis-chalmers mfg co. British Patent 1,139,614

H2 and O2 are generated electrolytically at porous electrodes and diffused into separate chambers. The aqueous electrolyte saturates an electrolyte matrix and fresh electrolyte is passed through only one of the gas chambers. The gas in the other chamber is maintained at sufficient pressure to prevent inward leakage of electrolyte. The H2-generating electrode may be coated with a catalytic deposit of Pt, Ir, Pd, Rh, Ru or Os.

Electrolysis of Alkali Chloride by Mercury-Method

asahi kasei k.k.k. U.S. Patent 3,409,533

Aqueous alkali chloride is electrolysed in a cell using a Pt-plated Ti anode and Hg cathode and operates at specified voltage, current-density and efficiency.

Electrochemical Cell for Separation of Gaseous Mixture

allis-chalmers mfg co. U.S. Patent 3,410,783

An electrochemically activable gas is separated from electrochemically inert gases by electrochemical reduction of the former to a solvated species at an activation electrode (porous Ag), transported through the electrolyte to the regeneration electrode (e.g. a Pt/Pd catalysed porous Ni electrode) and regenerated.

Vacuum-metallised Electrode

national research corp. U.S. Patent 3,410,785

A Ti electrode for electrochemical systems is vacuum coated with Pt < 0.0001 inch in thickness. This affords high resistance to flaking upon reversal of electric current in the electrochemical system.


Ceramic Pigments

johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,135,057

A grey ceramic pigment for ceramic, glass and enamelled metal decoration contains elementary Ru, preferably mixed with a suitable carrier.

Platinum Coating Process and Platinum Coated Materials

johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,135,514

Catalytically active adherent Pt or combinations of at least 50 wt% Pt with other Pt group metals are deposited, especially on fuel cell electrodes, by forming a dispersion of the relevant oxide or oxides of Pt group metals in a 2–5 C aliphatic alcohol. The oxides can be precipitated on the surface to be coated by adding a H2O-soluble in-organic salt to the dispersion. The platinised substrate is then processed in the usual way.


Brazing Alloy for Joining Graphite to Graphite and to Refractory Metals

u.s. atomic energy commission British Patent 1,133,309

Graphite is joined to graphite or to Mo, W or their alloys using a brazing alloy containing 30–45 wt% Ni, 43–68 wt% Pd and 2–12 wt% Cr.

High Temperature Brazing Alloys for Tungsten and Tantalum

u.s. atomic energy commission British Patent 1,136,980

The alloy comprises 35–45 wt% Ir and 65–55 wt% W, optionally with 1–10 wt% of the W replaced by Re.


Selective Hydrogenation of Small Amounts of Acetylene in Ethylene of Gases Rich in Ethylene

badische anilin-& soda-fabrik a.g. British Patent 1,133,253

The catalyst contains 0.01−1.0 wt% PdSiO2 having an internal surface area of 250−400 m2/g.

Simultaneous Preparation of Saturated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons Containing 1–4 C Atoms and Benzene with its Homologues from Light Virgin Naphtha

stamicarbon n.v. British Patent 1,133,263

This process is catalysed by a dehydrogenation catalyst comprising 0.1−2% Pt on Al2O3 and/or SiO2.

Preparation of Dinitriles from Acrylonitrile

e. i. du pont de nemours & co. British Patent 1,133,900

The acrylonitrile is heated at 100−200°C and 3.5–635 Kg/cm2 in the presence of metallic Ru, and gaseous H2.

Hydrocatalytic Conversion of Hydrocarbons

british petroleum co. ltd British Patent 1,134,014

The selective hydrocracking of n -paraffins is catalysed by a Group VI or VIII metal or oxide deposited on a decationised mordenite having a SiO2: Al2O3 ratio of 14: 1. Pt is a suitable metal.


johnson matthey & co. ltd British Patent 1,134,111

Catalysts for oxidation, reduction and other chemical reactions are intimate homogeneous mixtures (not pure mechanical mixtures) of one or more oxides of a Pt metal (excluding Os) and one or more oxides of Fe, Co, Ni and Cu.

A Process for Starting up a Reactor for the Catalytic Conversion of Hydrocarbons or a Hydrocarbon Mixture

shell international research mij. n.v. British Patent 1,134,144

A process for starting up a reactor containing a catalyst comprising Pt and halogen for the catalytic conversion of hydrocarbons or a hydrocarbon mixture, in which a fresh catalyst or a catalyst regenerated with the aid of O2, steam and halogen (the Pt being present on the catalyst as a Pt-halogen compound or complex) is first dried by means of a preferably previously dried oxidative gas or gas mixture at a temperature of at least 480°C and at most 570°C till the H2O content of the reactor off-gas is less than 150 ppmv. The catalyst, whether in the presence of the hydrocarbon feed to be converted or not, is subsequently reduced by means of dry H2 at a temperature of 500°C.

Process for Reducing the Polymerisation and/or Condensation Tendency of Unsaturated Benzines Rich in Aromatic Substances

veb leuna-werke walter ulbricht British Patent 1,134,599

Petrol fractions are stabilised by hydrogenation using a noble metal catalyst, such as Pd, deposited on a mixture of gibbsite and 1−20% kaolin which has a surface area of more than 150 m2/g.


national research development corp. British Patent 1,134,651

Trifluoro- or tetrafluoropyridines can be obtained by hydrogenating chlorofluoropyridines, e.g. using PdC as catalyst.

Paraffinic Jet Fuel by Hydrocracking Wax

esso research & engineering co. British Patent 1,137,639

Jet fuel is produced by cracking a paraffinic wax feedstock over a catalyst, such as Pd on a zeolite, at 300−900°F, 500–3000 psig and 0.1–10 v/v/h with added H2.

Preparation of Dicarboxylic Acids

e. i. du pont de nemours & co. British Patent 1,138,131

Cyclic olefines are oxidised to dicarboxylic acids by HNO3 in the presence of an Os-V catalyst, e.g. in OsO4-V2O5 or in metal form.

Preparation of Chlorine-substituted Aromatic Amines

general aniline & film corp. British Patent 1,138,567

These amines are produced by the catalytic hydrogenation of corresponding chloroaromatic nitro compounds using a new catalyst system. This comprises (a ) 0.01−0.08% of 1−5% Pt black or Pt or Pd on C or Al2O3, and (b ) 0.05−0.5% triphenyl or tritolyl phosphite.

Preparation of Unsaturated Organic Esters

national distillers & chemical corp. British Patent 1,139,210

The contact catalysts in a process for the preparation of an unsaturated organic ester from an alkene and an O2-containing gas comprise (a ) a Pd- or Pt-group metal or metal compound supported on C, and (b ) a Pd- or Pt-group metal or metal supported on Al2O3.

Oxidation of Ammonia

inventa a.g. British Patent 1,139,849

NH3 is oxidised by mixing with O2 in volume ratio NH3 : O2 of 1 : 1.10−1.27 and passing the mixture with steam over a Pt or Pt-Rh catalyst at a specified flow velocity at 800−950°C. The catalyst may be a Pt-Rh grid containing 90% Pt, 10% Rh.

Preparation of Aryl Thiols

uniroyal inc. U.S. Patent 3,399,238

C6H6 and p-toluene thiols are produced by the hydrogenation of the corresponding aryl sulphuric acid over a PtS catalyst.

Production of 1-Naphthol

union carbide corp. U.S. Patent 3,402,210

The dehydrogenation of 3,4-dihydro-1-(2H)-naphthalenone is catalysed by a supported mixture of 0.25−5 wt% Pt metal and 0.25−1.5 wt% of Nd in the form of an inorganic compound, e.g. NdCl3.

Hydrocracking Catalyst

standard oil co. U.S. Patent 3,403,094

The catalyst comprises a known active Group VIB or VIII metal such as Pt deposited on a fluorided SiO2-Al2O3 cracking catalyst and promoted with an alkali metal or alkaline earth metal.

Group VIII - Aluminosilicate Catalyst

pullman inc. U.S. Patent 3,403,108

An improved catalyst for unsaturated ester production consists of an alkaline metal aluminosilicate with about 0.1−15 wt% of a Group VIII metal having an atomic number of at least 44 and a Fe(III), Cu, Cr or W halide, e.g. PdCl2 and CuCl2 on a zeolite.

Selective Hydrogenation of Olefines

sinclair research inc. U.S. Patent 3,404,192

The hydrogenation of straight chain olefines in the presence of branched olefines is catalysed by a Pt catalyst produced by treating a deactivated zeolite with H2PtCl6.

Hydrocracking Process

union oil co. of california U.S. Patent 3,405,056

When the H2S concentration is low, the catalyst for hydrocracking may be a zeolite promoted with a partially (coke) – deactivated Group VIII noble metal (especially Pd).

Hydroxylammonium Salts

farbenfabriken bayer a.g. U.S. Patent 3,406,011

These salts are produced by the reduction of NO with H2 in the presence of noble metal catalysts, e.g. Pt/C, which are periodically or continuously treated with O2 to maintain the catalyst selectivity and activity.

Oxidation of Alcohols to Carboxylic Acids

shell oil co. U.S. Patent 3,407,220

Saturated aliphatic straight chain primary alcohols are selectively oxidised to the corresponding carboxylic acids in the presence of branched chain acids by using finely dispersed Pt as the catalyst.

Production of Methyl Pentamethylenediamine in Two Stages

national distillers & chemical corp. U.S. Patent 3,408,397

An appropriated dinitrile is reduced over a Pd or Pt catalyst and then the product is reacted with NH3 and/or a tertiary amine in the presence of a catalyst containing Ru, Ni or Co.

Treatment of Combustible Wastes

universal oil products co. U.S. Patent 3,409,390

Noxious exhaust gases are oxidised by contacting under oxidising conditions with a catalytic composite essentially of Al2O3, a Pt-metal (0.001%−1% by wt) and an alkaline earth component (>1%).

Catalytic Isomerisation of Saturated Hydrocarbons

universal oil products co. U.S. Patent 3,409,682

The catalyst for isomerisation of saturated hydrocarbons comprises at least one active catalytic component, preferably Pt, on an Al2O3 support in which not more than 20% of a finely divided crystalline aluminosilicate is dispersed.

Catalytic Isomerisation of Xylene

universal oil products co. U.S. Patent 3,409,685

Alkyl aromatic hydrocarbons are isomerised in contact with a Group VIII metal catalyst (e.g. Pt) on an Al2O3/alumino-silicate matrix and also in contact with about 0.001−2.0 wt% of an Scontaining isomerisation promoter. See also U.S. Patent 3,409,686.

Dehydrogenation of Cycloparaffinic Hydrocarbons

universal oil products co. U.S. Patent 3,409,690

The catalyst for dehydrogenating cyclo-paraffinic hydrocarbons to aromatic hydrocarbons comprises a refractory inorganic oxide (e.g. Al2O3) containing at least one metal (e.g. Pt) from Group VIII of the periodic table, chemically combined with a metal subfluoride (e.g. AlF) vapour. See also U.S. Patent 3,409,699.

Catalytic Olefines Isomerisation

ethyl corp. U.S. Patent 3,409,702

α-Olefines (4–24C) are effectively isomerised to β -olefines in a process using a catalyst of mixtures of Group VIII metals on an inert support, e.g. Rh, Pd, Ru and Pt on charcoal.

Catalytic Reforming

universal oil products co. U.S. Patent 3,410,789

Gasoline or naphtha fractions are reformed in contact with a refractory inorganic oxide (Al2O3) containing a Group VIII metal (Pt) which has been contacted with vapours of AlF or a Si subfluoride and a S-containing component (tertbutyl mercaptan). See also U.S. Patent 3,410,790.

Catalytic Transalkylation

universal oil co. U.S. Patent 3,410,921

A polyalkylated aromatic compound is transalkylated by reacting the compound in admixture with H2, with alkylatable aromatic compound in contact with a catalyst. The catalyst is preferably a Group VIII metal (e.g. Ni, Pt, Pd; especially Pt) on an alumino-silicate support under trans-alkylating conditions.

Butyraldehyde Production

johnson matthey & co. ltd German Patent 1,278,420

The hydrogenation of crotonaldehyde in the liquid phase using a trickle column reactor is catalysed by Pd/Al2O3.


Production of Unsaturated Compounds

imperial chemical industries ltd British Patent 1,138,366

Unsaturated diesters and diethers are produced by contacting a conjugated diene with a carboxylic acid or an organic hydroxy compound in the presence of a salt (not a nitrate or sulphate) or coordination compound of Pd, Pt, Ni, Fe or Co, e.g. palladous acetate, chloride or acetylacetonate.

Improvement in Catalytic Reactions

g. wilkinson British Patent 1,138,601

Hydrogenation, hydroformylation or carbonylation reactions are catalysed by a complex of a Pt metal halide or pseudohalide and either (a ) an organic nitrile or (b ) a N, P, As, Sb, Bi, S or Se compound. For example (Ph3As)3RhCl3 catalyses the hydrogenation of hexyne-1 to C6H14.

Decomposition of Formic Acid

imperial chemical industries ltd British Patent 1,138,946

The selective destruction of HCOOH in the presence of CH3COOH is achieved by oxidation with O2 using a catalyst system comprising a soluble Pt compound and a redox system, e.g. PdCl2, LiCl, LiOAc and Cu(OAc)2.

Production of Unsaturated Aliphatic Nitriles

asahi kasei k.k.k. British Patent 1,139,398

An unsaturated aliphatic nitrile is produced by contacting a gaseous mixture of an olefinic hydrocarbon, HCN and O2 with a catalyst selected from Pd metal, Pd compounds and mixtures consisting predominantly of at least one of PdCl2, CsBr and SiO2. Alternatively high temperature (∼300°C) may be used while feeding in simultaneously a gaseous mixture of halogenated aliphatic nitrile and hydrogen halide or halogenated aliphatic nitrile, unsaturated aliphatic nitrile and hydrogen halide.

Improvements in or Relating to the Production of Silicon Compounds

imperial chemical industries ltd British Patent 1,140,424

Organic silicone compounds (e.g. Cl3SiCH2CH2 SiCl3) are prepared by contacting a compound containing at least one Si-H bond with an organic compound containing at least one acetylenic or olefinic bond in the presence of a catalyst of general formula RhX(R′R″R′′′Y)3 where X is an anionic element or group, R′, R″, R′′′ are organic groups and Y is As, Sb or Bi, e.g. RhCl(Ph3P)3.

Oxidation of Aromatic Compounds

lummus co. British Patent 1,141,238

Aromatic compounds, having at least one unsubstituted position on the ring and free from any unsaturated substituent groups, are oxidised to phenols in the presence of an alcohol and a Group VIII noble metal compound, e.g. C6H6 in the presence of PdCl2, CuCl2 and ethylene glycol gives phenol.

Production of Lactones and Ketones

imperial chemical industries ltd British Patent 1,141,353

Dienes are converted to cyclic ketones and lactones by reaction with CO in the presence of Pd and acid ions. The Pd is preferably in complexed form as in PdI2(PBu3)2.

Production of Polynuclear Aromatic Compounds

gulf research & development co. U.S. Patent 3,401,207

Polynuclear compounds are produced from aromatic compounds having at least one labile H atom by contacting them with a noble metal salt of an organic acid in the presence of a strong acid; halide and nitrate ions must be absent. A typical catalyst consists of Pd acetate and HClO4.

Saturated Aliphatic Nitrile Production

asahi kasei k.k.k. U.S. Patent 3,407,223

These nitriles are produced by the reaction of C2H4 or C3H6 and HCN at 200−600°C in the presence of Pd, Rh or their salts, H3PO4 and ammonium thiocyanate, Al thiocyanate or AlCl3.

Catalytic Ester Production

shell oil co. U.S. Patent 3,407,224

The reaction of conjugated dienes and carboxylic acids to produce 2,7-alkadienyl esters is catalysed by a Pt, Pd or Ru compound activated by a phenoxide anion. In an example PdCl2 activated by sodium phenate (NaOPh) is used to catalyse the production of 2,7-octadienyl acetate from butadiene and CH3COOH.

Solutions of Noble Metal Compounds

lummus co. U.S. Patent 3,410,807

Stable homogeneous solutions suitable for the catalytic oxidation of olefines, aromatic hydrocarbons, CO and SO2 are compounds of Group VIII metals with a concentration of metal ion between 0.01 and 0.0001 mol/l, mono- or polyhydric alcohols containing about 0.1−12% by vol. of H2O. The Group VIII metal compound is preferably PdCl2.

Catalytic Addition of Si-H to C=C and C≡C

union carbide corp. U.S. Patent 3,410,886

Si-C compounds are produced by contacting a compound containing at least one Si-H with an aliphatic organic compound having C=C or C≡C in the presence of a Pt (II) complex for sufficient time to form the Si-C bond.


Fuel Cells and other Galvanic Cells

allmanna svenska elektriska a.b. British Patent 1,133,921

Porous electrodes, e.g. made from Ni powder, are now modified by adding 0.005−0.1% Pt metal before sintering so that the added metal lies in the active surface.

Fuel Cell Electrode

standard oil co. of indiana U.S. Patent 3,405,007

Catalytic metals are deposited on porous conducting supports by impregnating the support with a compound of the metal (e.g. H2PtCl6) and reducing carboxylic acid and then heating it.

Spinel-Ruthenium Catalysed Electrodes

union carbide corp. U.S. Patent 3,405,010

Electrodes especially suitable for fuel cells consist of a support treated with a heavy metal salt, an Al salt and a Ru salt and then heated at 700−900°C to form the required spinel. The heavy metal may be Au and Ag, among other metals.

Hydrogen Control in Fuel Cells

protech inc. U.S. Patent 3,407,094–5

H2 is generated from carbonaceous fuel reformation for passage to a fuel cell where a permeable Pd membrane is used to control current generation. In 3,407,095 a Pd-containing film is used.


Anode Assembly for the Internal Cathodic Protection of Pipes against Corrosion

w. c. heraeus G.m.b.H. British Patent 1,133,285

The anode is made with a surface of Ti, Ta, Nb or an alloy of one of these metals coated with a Pt group metal wound round helically with a plastic insulator.


Improvements in or Relating to Gas Permeable Diaphragm

energy conversion ltd British Patent 1,139,501

A gas-permeable diaphragm comprises a non-porous gas-permeable metallic member (Pd) adhering face to face with a non-porous sheet of polymeric material permeable to at least the same gases as the metal.

Hydrogen-Permeable Membrane and Hydrogen Permeating Assembly

japan gas-chemical co. British Patent 1,140,952

A H2-permeable membrane of Pd or Pd-alloy (0.3–0.005 mm thick) is characterised by a plurality of convexities protruding in the direction of the thickness of the membrane and concavities surrounding these convexities so that it has a wavy configuration longitudinally and laterally. The Pd-alloy may be Pd-Ag-Au.


Semiconductor Devices

c.k.d. praha, oborovy podnik British Patent 1,135,068

Junction problems between semiconductor wafers in pressure contact with electrode contact plates are overcome by applying a layer of Rh to both contact surfaces.

Electrical Resistance Element

international business machines corp. U.S. Patent 3,411,122

A laminated electrical resistance structure consists of an insulating base supporting a conductive layer of a finely divided metal and metal oxide (e.g. Pd-Ag, Pd oxide or In oxide) and a layer of a polyimide condensation product.


Thermistor Compositions

e. i. du pont de nemours & co. U.S. Patent 3,408,311

Thin film thermistors with a negative coefficient of resistance are produced by applying and firing (on a substrate) a mixture of finely divided Pd mixed with up to 60% Ag and an inorganic binder as before but now also a finely divided mixture of Co2O3 and MnO2.