of the most interesting biobased product developments is the use of metathesis
catalysts to rearrange fatty esters. Metathesis chemistry has been known for
decades, as has the potential to rearrange fatty esters to diesters and
olefins, but Elevance Renewable Sciences has developed their proprietary
metathesis technology to an advanced state.
company and its partner Wilmar International has just announced the
shipment commercial specialty products from their plant in Gresik, Indonesia.
The feedstock is palm oil. Products are expected to to go
into detergents and cleaners and personal care. Others include lubricants
and additives, engineered polymers; lubricant base oils with improved stability
and fuel economy; and unique monomers for bio-based polymers and engineered
plastics, including long chain polyamides, polyurethanes and polyesters.
comment: Tall oil fatty acid would not be a preferred feedstock because it
would have to be first converted to the methyl ester, and catalyst poisons
would have to be removed.)
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