Emerging sustainable technology for epoxidation directed toward plant oil-based plasticizers
The chemical industry is increasingly looking toward sustainable technology to reduce the environmental impact and minimize the footprint of a chemical process. This work, which presents emerging technologies in academia and industry, discusses the development of advanced processes for the production of epoxidized plant oil-based plasticizers. The effects of the substrate structure, oxygen-donor properties, catalysts and biocatalysts on the specificity of the epoxidation reaction are intensively discussed. The progress in enzymatic epoxidation and the application of neoteric media, such as ionic liquids, are also highlighted. Particular attention is given to understanding how the emerging processes, including the new catalysts and novel reaction systems, work to dictate the reaction efficiency and selectivity. Hence, this review will be of value for developing further improved processes.
► Emerging technology to advance process of producing plant oil-based plasticizers. ► Effects of substrate structure, biocatalyst, etc. on reaction specificity discussed. ► Progresses in enzymatic epoxidation and application of neoteric media highlighted. ► Mechanism understanding of how emerging process works for efficiency and selectivity. ► Some new results of “green” process development in HTF project included.
Journal: Process Biochemistry - Volume 47, Issue 10, October 2012, Pages 1439–1451