Submitted to: Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/20/2007
Publication Date: 5/18/2008
Citation: Jackson, M.A. 2008. Control of product selectivity using solid acids for the catalytic addition of phenol to hydroxy fatty acids [abstract]. Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Oil Chemists' Society. p. 85.
Technical Abstract: The acid catalyzed reactions of hydroxy fatty acids, such as ricinoleic and lesquerolic, in the presence of phenolics can lead to four products or product groups. These include simple dehydration to dienoic acids, cyclization to epoxides, Friedel-Crafts alkylations of the double bonds, or ether formation through the hydoxyl of the phenol. By adjusting the pore diameter and surface properties of sulfonic acid functionalized mesoporous silica, we have been able to increase yields of the labile phenoxy ether.