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Title: Synthesis of phenoxy ethers of methyl lesquerolate over solid acid catalysts

item Jackson, Michael - Mike
item Cermak, Steven - Steve

Submitted to: American Oil Chemists' Society Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/14/2007
Publication Date: 5/14/2007
Citation: Jackson, M.A., Cermak, S.C., Shanks, B., Yeragi, D. 2007. Synthesis of phenoxy ethers of methyl lesquerolate over solid acid catalysts. American Oil Chemists' Society Meeting. p. 101.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Lesquerolic acid is the primary fatty acid found in Lesquerella. The seeds are 33% oil of which about 55% is the 20 carbon unsaturated hydroxyl fatty acid, lesquerolic acid. A simple derivatization of this fatty acid could expand its potential as an industrial oil. We have used a heterogeneous Lewis Acid catalyst to prepare unsaturated ethers of phenol and methyl lesquerolate. Here we describe synthesis of the catalyst and its characterization by XRD, TPD, and surface area analysis, the reaction conditions for the etherification, and characterization of the reaction products by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Infrared (IR), ozonolysis, and polarimetry.