A new "cross metathesis" synthesis route for producing nylon 12 and nylon 13 precursors from methyl oleate

Godwin Abel, Kim Nguyen, Kana Yamamoto, Sridhar Viamajala, Sasidhar Varanasi

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Abstract

Due to the concerns related to limited fossil resources and increasing CO2 emissions, there is a strong interest in use of renewable resources in production of valuable synthetic materials. Nylons 11, 12 and 13 are high-strength polymers that find use in various industrial sectors (e.g. automotive brake and fuel lines, solar panels and sporting boots) and are traditionally produced from petroleum-derived material or exotic fatty acids using reaction sequences that involve 4-6 steps. We have developed a new and simpler two-step synthetic process for producing nylon 12 and 13 precursors using a cross-metathesis reaction approach that allows for high carbon efficiency and mild reaction conditions.1'2 In contrast to other reported methods, our method uses methyl oleate, a fatty acid derivative that can be obtained from most plant oils or oleaginous microalgae, as the feed material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Engineering Forum 2014 - Core Programming Area at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting
PublisherAIChE
Number of pages1
ISBN (Electronic)9781510812741
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
EventSustainable Engineering Forum 2014 - Core Programming Area at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2014 Nov 162014 Nov 21

Other

OtherSustainable Engineering Forum 2014 - Core Programming Area at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period14/11/1614/11/21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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    Abel, G., Nguyen, K., Yamamoto, K., Viamajala, S., & Varanasi, S. (2014). A new "cross metathesis" synthesis route for producing nylon 12 and nylon 13 precursors from methyl oleate. In Sustainable Engineering Forum 2014 - Core Programming Area at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting AIChE.