alkylation

noun
al·​kyl·​ation | \ ˌal-kə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce alkylation (audio) \

Definition of alkylation

: the act or process of introducing one or more alkyl groups into a compound (as to increase octane number in a motor fuel)

Other Words from alkylation

alkylate \ ˈal-​kə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce alkylation (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of alkylation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This research ultimately will be solving how DNA alkylation damage is detected and repaired. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 12 Apr. 2021 An alkylation unit at Valero Energy Corp.’s Benicia refinery, which makes high-octane gasoline, went down over the weekend, according to Genscape Inc. Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2019 The Houston alkylation unit upgrades isobutane and refinery olefins into high value alkylate product, Valero said. Houston Chronicle, 25 July 2019 The fire was extinguished over the weekend, and the damage was mainly centered around the alkylation unit, which makes high-octane gasoline blending components. Dan Molinski, WSJ, 26 June 2019 The Houston alkylation unit upgrades isobutane and refinery olefins into high value alkylate product, Valero said. Houston Chronicle, 25 July 2019 The fire was extinguished over the weekend, and the damage was mainly centered around the alkylation unit, which makes high-octane gasoline blending components. Dan Molinski, WSJ, 26 June 2019 Volatile isobutane is converted in the alkylation unit to a component of gasoline. Christina Austin, Fortune, 13 July 2017 The Nov. 22, 2016 explosion on a sulfuric-acid alkylation unit that makes octane-boosting components of gasoline in the sprawling Baton Rouge refinery and chemical plant injured four workers, two of them severely. Christina Austin, Fortune, 13 July 2017 See More

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First Known Use of alkylation

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Alkylation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkylation. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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