Mobil Research & Development Corp. has developed a new process that converts propylene and water to diisopropyl ether (DIPE), a high-octane gasoline blending stock. Michael J. McNally, manager, motor gasoline group, at Mobil's Paulsboro, N.J., research facility described the process to refiners at the National Petroleum Refiners Association Annual Meeting, Mar. 22-24, in New Orleans. Coauthors of the paper were Patrick J. Costello, B. Ellen Johnson, Charles M. Sorensen, and Stephen S. Wise, of Mobil R&D in Paulsboro; and Lawrence K. Low of Mobil Oil Corp., Princeton, N.J. In cases where fuel oxygen is in short supply...

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