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Process of Producing Alpha-Olefins from Fatty Acids
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For Information, Contact:
Craig Forney
Commercialization Manager, Chemistry and Materials Sciences
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
5/14/2015
ISURF #
3796
Summary:
Iowa State University researchers have developed an industrially optimized reaction for the transformation of fatty acids into bio-based alpha olefins for the production of specialty chemicals.

Development Stage:
Alpha olefins have been produced at a laboratory (grams) scale using this approach, and ISU is seeking partners interested in commercializing this technology.

Description:
The versatility of alpha-olefins makes these compounds useful for many specialty chemicals, as well as for production of surfactants and lubricants. Reducing the dependence on petroleum-based feedstock for the preparation of alpha-olefins has been the focus of research into utilizing renewable sources for bio-based production of alpha-olefins. As part of this research effort, Iowa State University investigators have developed an efficient and scalable method for preparation of alpha-olefins with decreased isomerization from fatty acid feedstocks using a heterogeneous catalyst. Because this method offers high yields with decreased isomerization, it may be an attractive alternative to conventional industrial approaches that depend on petroleum-based feedstocks, such as oligomerization of ethylene, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis followed by purification, thermal cracking of waxes.

Advantage:
• Environmentally friendly (uses biorenewable raw materials)
• Effective (high yields with decreased isomerization)
• Economical (waste stream can be further processed into useable products)
Application:
Production of alpha olefins for use in detergents, surfactants and specialty chemicals.
Patent Information:
*To see the full version of the patent(s), follow the link below, then click on "Images" button.
Country Serial No. Patent No. Issued Date
United States 13/639,209 8,629,312* 1/14/2014


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