oxo process

noun
variants: or oxo reaction

Definition of oxo process

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 : 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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“Oxo process.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxo%20process. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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