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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Vegetable Oil-Based Fuels, Additives and Coproducts

Location: Bio-oils Research Unit

Title: Guerbet compounds


Submitted to: AOCS Lipid Library
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: December 19, 2011
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2011. Guerbet compounds. AOCS Lipid Library.

Technical Abstract: Guerbet alcohols are of significant commercial interest for various applications, including in lubricants and surfactant systems, due to their great fluidity range, high oxidative stability, and good lubricity imparted by the saturated hydrocarbon backbone, branching, and the presence of an OH group. This article summarizes the synthesis of these compounds by the Guerbet reaction, which summarily is a dimerization of normal alcohols to Guerbet alcohols under liberation of water. The properties and uses of Guerbet alcohols and related compounds are also addressed.

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