Polymer precursors from catalytic reactions of natural oils

Marc R. L. Furst, Ronan Le Goff, Dorothee Quinzler, Stefan Mecking, Catherine H. Botting, David J. Cole-Hamilton

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Dimethyl 1,19-nonadecanedioate is produced from the methoxycarbonylation of commercial olive, rapeseed or sunflower oils in the presence of a catalyst derived from [Pd-2(dba)(3)], bis(ditertiarybutylphosphinomethyl) benzene (BDTBPMB) and methanesulphonic acid (MSA). The diester is then hydrogenated to 1,19-nonadecanediol using Ru/1,1,1-tris- (diphenylphosphinemethyl) ethane (triphos). 1,19-Nonadecadienoic acid is hydrogenated to short chain oligoesters, which can themselves be hydrogenated to 1,19-nonadecanol by hydrogenation in the presence of water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-477
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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