Refining of Plant Oils to Chemicals by Olefin Metathesis

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  • Dr. Samir Chikkali,

    1. University of Konstanz, Chair of Chemical Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Universitätstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Mecking

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    1. University of Konstanz, Chair of Chemical Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Universitätstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz (Germany)
    • University of Konstanz, Chair of Chemical Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Universitätstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz (Germany)

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Abstract

Plant oils are attractive substrates for the chemical industry. Their scope for the production of chemicals can be expanded by sophisticated catalytic conversions. Olefin metathesis is an example, which also illustrates generic issues of “biorefining” to chemicals. Utilization on a large scale requires high catalyst activities, which influences the choice of the metathesis reaction. The mixture of different fatty acids composing a technical-grade plant oil substrate gives rise to a range of products. This decisively determines possible process schemes, and potentially provides novel chemicals and intermediates not employed to date.

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