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Solvent- and base-free synthesis of wax esters from fatty acid methyl esters by consecutive one-pot, two-step catalysis

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Abstract

The one-pot, two-step synthesis of wax esters was successfully conducted by consecutive homogeneous ruthenium-catalysed hydrogenation–dehydrogenation reactions of fatty acid methyl esters, in the absence of solvent and of base additive. Under optimized conditions, excellent conversion and selectivity were reached. Furthermore, physicochemical investigations revealed that the resulting compounds display properties similar to benchmark commercial products extracted from natural sources of lesser availability compared to the herein considered bioresources, making this chemical route very promising regarding further potential industrial implementation.

Graphical abstract: Solvent- and base-free synthesis of wax esters from fatty acid methyl esters by consecutive one-pot, two-step catalysis

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The article was received on 11 Sep 2017, accepted on 20 Oct 2017 and first published on 20 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02764H
Citation: Green Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Solvent- and base-free synthesis of wax esters from fatty acid methyl esters by consecutive one-pot, two-step catalysis

    D. H. Nguyen, G. Raffa, Y. Morin, S. Desset, F. Capet, V. Nardello-Rataj, F. Dumeignil and R. M. Gauvin, Green Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02764H

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