oxo process

noun
variants: or

oxo reaction

Definition of oxo process

  1. 1 :  a process for synthesizing aldehydes (as propionaldehyde) by the addition of carbon monoxide and hydrogen under pressure to olefins (as ethylene) in the presence of a usually cobalt catalyst — compare hydroformylation

  2. 2 :  a process for synthesizing alcohols (as isooctyl alcohol) usually by producing aldehydes from olefins and hydrogenating the aldehydes to alcohols — compare oxyl process

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