Chapter 8: Industrial Chemicals Via Decarboxylation of Natural Carboxylic Acids†
Published:22 Dec 2023
K. M. Doll and B. R. Moser, in Green Chemistry and Green Materials from Plant Oils and Natural Acids, ed. Z. Liu and G. Kraus, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2023, vol. 83, ch. 8, pp. 144-158.
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Alternatives to petroleum-derived products, from biobased starting materials, have been a goal in the area of green materials, for private, university, and government researchers for many years. Although progress toward the goal of a major biobased economy is evident in several commercialized areas, such as biobased fuels, high profile business failures are unfortunately still commonplace in the private sector. This chapter highlights a newly developed decarboxylation technology that can be leveraged to convert fatty acids or carbohydrates into high-value renewable products for the future. It gives the promise of at least some petroleum replacement, as well as an alternative to some environmentally detrimental processes.