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Title: Methods of refining and producing isomerized fatty acid esters and fatty acids from natural oil feedstocks

Methods are provided for refining natural oil feedstocks and producing isomerized esters and acids. The methods comprise providing a C4-C18 unsaturated fatty ester or acid, and isomerizing the fatty acid ester or acid in the presence of heat or an isomerization catalyst to form an isomerized fatty ester or acid. In some embodiments, the methods comprise forming a dibasic ester or dibasic acid prior to the isomerizing step. In certain embodiments, the methods further comprise hydrolyzing the dibasic ester to form a dibasic acid. In certain embodiments, the olefin is formed by reacting the feedstock in the presence of a metathesis catalyst under conditions sufficient to form a metathesized product comprising olefins and esters, separating the olefins from the esters in the metathesized product, and transesterifying the esters in the presence of an alcohol to form a transesterified product having unsaturated esters.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1260249
Assignee:
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (Woodridge, IL) DOEEE
Patent Number(s):
9,382,502
Application Number:
13/827,798
Contract Number:
EE0002872/001
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Mar 14
Research Org:
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., Woodridge, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

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