Issue 4, 2021, Issue in Progress

Oligo(amylene) from the reaction of fusel oil with zinc dihalide

Abstract

Heating mixtures of fusel oil and zinc chloride or zinc bromide to 180 °C gave water, difusel ethers and the hydrocarbon oligo(amylene) as the major coproducts. Separation by chromatography gave oligo(amylene) in 25% yield from fusel oil. The triamylene fraction of the oligo(amylene) had a net heating value of 43.9 kJ g−1 which was 3% greater than specifications for gasoline, diesel #2 and jet A-1. The cetane number of the triamylene was 31.9 so it may not be useful for diesel engines. The triamylene had a flashpoint of 38 °C, viscosity (−20 °C) of 7.85 mm2 s−1, density (15 °C) of 0.78 g mL−1 and melting point below −78 °C which all compared well to the specifications of jet A-1.

Graphical abstract: Oligo(amylene) from the reaction of fusel oil with zinc dihalide

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Article information

Article type
Paper
Submitted
09 Dec 2020
Accepted
18 Dec 2020
First published
07 Jan 2021
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

RSC Adv., 2021,11, 1960-1968

Oligo(amylene) from the reaction of fusel oil with zinc dihalide

M. C. Davis, L. Prokai and J. D. Woodroffe, RSC Adv., 2021, 11, 1960 DOI: 10.1039/D0RA10386A

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