A recently published Green Chemistry aricle by David Cole-Hamilton (University of St. Andrews, UK), Stefan Mecking (University of Konstanz, Germany) and colleagues has just been featured in the latest issue of Chemistry & Engineering News (C&EN).
The paper reports the synthesis of the diester dimethyl 1,19-nonadecanedioate from the palladium catalysed methoxycarbonylation of various commerial oils, including olive and sunflower oils. The resulting product can then be easily converted to the diol and diacid, and all three chemicals can serve as useful polymer precursors.
This article is now free to access until the 15th February 2012! Click the link below to find out more…
Polymer precursors from catalytic reactions of natural oils, Marc R. L. Furst, Ronan Le Goff, Dorothee Quinzler, Stefan Mecking, Catherine H. Botting and David J. Cole-Hamilton, Green Chem., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C1GC16094J
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