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Production of Valuable Esters from Oleic Acid with a Porous Polymeric Acid Catalyst without Water Removal

Yo-Han Kim, Jusung Han, Byeong Yeon Jung, Heeyoel Baek, Yoichi M. A. Yamada, Yasuhiro Uozumi, Yoon-Sik Lee*

*School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul 151-744, Republic of Korea, Email:

Y.-H. Kim, J. Han, B. Y. Jung, H. Baek, Y. M. A. Yamada, Y. Uozumi, Y.-S. Lee, Synlett, 2016, 27, 29-32.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1560584


A porous phenolsulfonic acid-formaldehyde (PSF) resin as solid-acid catalyst shows excellent performance in the esterification of fatty acids without using any solvent or introducing a water-removal process. The catalyst was reused up to 30 times without significant loss of activity.

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Key Words

heterogeneous catalyst, polymer-based solid acid, esterification, fatty acid alkyl ester

ID: J60-Y2016