Smith, B, Li, L, Perera-Solis, DD, Gildea, LF, Zholobenko, VL, Dyer, PW and Greenwell, HC (2018) Ketone Formation via Decarboxylation Reactions of Fatty Acids Using Solid Hydroxide/Oxide Catalysts. Inorganics, 6 (4). ISSN 2304-6740

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A sustainable route to ketones is described where stearone is produced via ketonic decarboxylation of stearic acid mediated by solid base catalysts in yields of up to 97%, at 250 °C. A range of Mg/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) and mixed metal oxide (MMO) solid base catalysts were prepared with Mg/Al ratios of between 2 and 6 via two synthetic routes, co-precipitation and co-hydration, with each material tested for their catalytic performance. For a given Mg/Al ratio, the LDH and MMO materials showed similar reactivity, with no correlation to the method of preparation. The presence of co-produced oxide phases in the co-hydration catalysts had negligible impact on reactivity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: base catalysis, mixed metal oxide, layered double hydroxide, liquid phase, ketonisation, biorefinery, fatty acid
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 14:44

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