Nickel-catalyzed reductive decarboxylation of fatty acids for drop-in biofuel production

RSC Adv. 2022 Sep 29;12(43):27889-27894. doi: 10.1039/d2ra04057c. eCollection 2022 Sep 28.


An operationally simple and highly selective method for the decarboxylation of fatty acids under remarkably mild conditions is described herein. The activation of the aliphatic carboxylic acids by esterification with N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) enabled efficient deoxygenation to synthesize n-alkanes in up to 67% yield, employing inexpensive PMHS as a hydrogen source, NiCl2·6H2O, bipyridine, and zinc in THF. In contrast to the conventional thermo-catalytic approaches, this protocol does not require high temperature and high pressure of hydrogen gas to deoxygenate biomass-derived carboxylic acids, thus representing an attractive alternative for producing drop-in biofuels.

PMID:36320252 | PMC:PMC9521194 | DOI:10.1039/d2ra04057c


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