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Abstract

Plant oils are an important renewable resource for the chemical industry and will help to reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to a sustainable development of our future. Chemically efficient as well as cost-effective reactions and processes are now being developed to achieve this goal, metathesis being one of them. This feature briefly describes the possibilities of cross-metathesis reactions with oleochemicals, discussing general aspects of cross-metathesis reactions, evaluating current pros and cons, and highlighting recent developments.