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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(8), 1393-1406; doi:10.3390/ijms9081393

Sunflower-based Feedstocks in Nonfood Applications: Perspectives from Olefin Metathesis

Department of Chemistry, North-West University, P/Bag X2046, Mafikeng, 2735, South Africa
Received: 4 June 2008 / Revised: 29 July 2008 / Accepted: 30 July 2008 / Published: 13 August 2008
(This article belongs to the Section Green Chemistry)
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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) oil remains under-utilised albeit one of the major seed oils produced world-wide. Moreover, the high oleic sunflower varieties make the oil attractive for applications requiring high temperature processes and those targeting the C=C double bond functionality. Herein an overview of the recent developments in olefin metathesis of sunflower-based feedstocks is presented. The improved performance of olefin metathesis catalysts leading to high turnover numbers, high selectivity and catalyst recyclability, opens new opportunities for tailoring sunflower-based feedstocks into products required for possible new niche market applications. Promising results in biofuel, biopolymers, fragrances and fine chemicals applications have been reported. View Full-Text
Keywords: sunflower; nonfood applications; olefin metathesis. sunflower; nonfood applications; olefin metathesis.

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Marvey, B.B. Sunflower-based Feedstocks in Nonfood Applications: Perspectives from Olefin Metathesis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 1393-1406.

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