Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/14/2014
Publication Date: 3/22/2015
Citation: Murray, R.E., Walter, E.L., Doll, K.M. 2015. Tandem isomerization-decarboxylation of unsaturated fatty acids to olefins via ruthenium metal-as-ligand catalysts [abstract]. American Chemical Society National Meeting, Catalysis Science and Technology Division, CATL 239. p. 97.
Technical Abstract: A new facile Ru-catalyzed route to bio-olefins3 from unsaturated fatty acids via readily accessible metal-as-ligand type catalyst precursors, [Ru(CO)2RCO2]n and Ru3(CO)12, will be described. The catalyst apparently functions in a tandem mode by dynamically isomerizing the positions of double bonds in an aliphatic chain and, subsequently, decarboxylating specific isomers with lower activation barriers. A mechanistic pathway with supporting evidence for this novel catalytic chemistry will be presented. This approach offers new technology for converting bio-based fatty acids into useful industrial chemical intermediates.