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Title: Synthesis of alpha olefins : catalytic decarbonylation of carboxylic acids and Vegetable Oil Deodorizer Distillate (VODD)
Authors: Lee, HW 
Yung, KF 
Issue Date: Aug-2021
Source: Catalysts, Aug. 2021, v. 11, no. 8, 876
Abstract: Decarbonylation of carboxylic acids provides an effective protocol for producing alpha olefins; however, previous literature has focused on the palladium-bisphosphine catalysts and has only sporadically studied the palladium-monophosphine catalyst. To investigate the catalytic activity of the palladium-monophosphine catalyst on decarbonylation of carboxylic acids, new mono-phosphine ligands were synthesized (NP-1, NP-2, CP-1 and CP-2). By employing (1–3 mol%) palla-dium-naphthylphosphine catalysts, various carboxylic acids were converted into corresponding alpha alkenes with good yields and selectivity within a short period of time. Vegetable oil deodorizer distillate (VODD), which is a by-product from the vegetable oil refinery process, was found to be rich in free fatty acids and there is great interest in turning vegetable oil deodorizer distillate into value-added compounds. It is noteworthy that our catalytic system could be applied to convert vegetable oil deodorizer distillate (VODD) into diesel-like hydrocarbons in a good yield.
Keywords: Carboxylic acid
Diesel-like hydrocarbons
Vegetable oil deodorizer distillate
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)
Journal: Catalysts 
EISSN: 2073-4344
DOI: 10.3390/catal11080876
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
The following publication Lee, H.-W.; Yung, K.-F. Synthesis of Alpha Olefins: Catalytic Decarbonylation of Carboxylic Acids and Vegetable Oil Deodorizer Distillate (VODD). Catalysts 2021, 11, 876 is available at
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