Petroleum Hydrocarbons: Generation from Fatty Acid

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Science  19 Jun 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3625, pp. 1451-1452
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3625.1451


In the presence or absence of water, behenic acid generates hydrocarbons during heating at 200° C with bentonite. Without water the ratio of isobutane or isopentane to normal butane or normal pentane is much higher than with water. Besides C21. and lower n-alkanes, n-alkanes with 22 to 34 carbon atoms are also formed.