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  • 1989: Ph.D - Petroleum Sciences and Applied Chemistry, " Institut Français du Pétrole et Université P. et M. Curie". Paris - France.
  • 1987: Diploma - Spectroscopic Chemistry. University P. et M. Curie (Paris 6).
  • 1986: D.E.A.(M.Sc)-Petroleum Sciences, French Institute of Petroleum (IFP).

  • Homogenous Catalysis. This area includes the production of various aldehydes, carboxylic acids, esters, unsaturated esters, unsaturated amides, unsaturated thioesters, and amines by using soluble transition metal catalysts in carbonylation reactions.

Representative Publications/Patents ​
  • B. El Ali and Howard Alper, "Synthesis of Unsatured Esters, including t-Alkyl Esters, by the Palladium Catalyzed Carbonylation of Alkynes in the presence of Alcohols and 1,4-Bis(diphenylphosphino) Butane", J. Mol. Catal. Vol (1991), 67(1), pp. 29. Abstract
  • B. El Ali and Howard Alper, "Lactonization Unsaturated Alcohols by Palladium Complexes under Neutral Conditions", J. Org. Chem. Vol 56 (1991), pp. 5357. Abstract
  • B. El Ali and Howard Alper, "Formic Acid-Palladium Acetate-1,4 Bis(Diphenlphosphino)Butane. An Effective Catalytic System for Regioselective Hdrocarboxylation", J. Mol. Catal. Vol. 77(1) (1992), pp. 7. Abstract
  • B. El Ali, G. Vasapollo and H. Alper, "Use of Formic or Oxalic Acid for the Regioselective Hydrocarboxylation of Alkenes and Alkynes Catalyzed by Pd/C and 1,4-bis(Diphenylphosphino)Butane", J. Org. Chem. Vol. 58(17) (1993), pp. 4739. Abstract
  • B. El Ali and H. Alper, "The Regiochemical Synthesis of Straight Chain Acids by the Palladium(II) Catalyzed Hydrocarboxylation of Olefins with Oxalic Acid", J. Mol. Catal. Vol. 80(3) (1993), pp. 377. Abstract
  • B. El Ali and H. Alper, "Palladium Acetate Catalyzed Synthesis of Cycloalkylacetic Acids by Regioselective Hydrocarboxylation of Methylenecycloalkanes with Formic Acid and1,4-bis(diphenylphosphino)butane", J. Org. Chem. Vol. 58 (1993), pp. 3595. Abstract