Andrussow oxidation

Andrussow oxidation

The Andrussov Oxidation is an organic reaction describing the oxidation of methane in the presence of oxygen, ammonia, and a platinum catalyst to produce hydrogen cyanide. [cite journal
title = Über die schnell verlaufenden katalytischen Prozesse in strömenden Gasen und die Ammoniak-Oxydation (V)
author = Leonid Andrussow
journal = Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft
volume = 60
issue = 8
pages = 2005–2018
year = 1927
url =
doi = 10.1002/cber.19270600857
] [cite journal
title = Über die katalytische Oxydation von Ammoniak-Methan-Gemischen zu Blausäure (The catalytic oxidation of ammonia-methane-mixtures to hydrogen cyanide)
author = L. Andrussow
journal = Angewandte Chemie
volume = 48
issue = 37
pages = 593–595
year = 1935
url =
doi = 10.1002/ange.19350483702

:CH4 + NH3 + 1.5O2 → HCN + 3H2O

The reaction was discovered by Leonid Andrussow in 1927. HCN is also produced in the BMA process.


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