Catalysis Letters

, Volume 122, Issue 1–2, pp 53–56 | Cite as

Titanium–Silica Catalysts for the Production of Fully Epoxidised Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

  • Matteo Guidotti
  • Rinaldo Psaro
  • Nicoletta Ravasio
  • Maila Sgobba
  • Enrica Gianotti
  • Sarina Grinberg


Grafted titanium-containing mesoporous silica catalysts were used in the selective epoxidation of C-18 unsaturated fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs). High yields in mono- and diepoxide derivatives were obtained under acid-free reaction conditions with TBHP as oxidant. Ti-MCM-41 showed the best performance in terms of activity over the three FAMEs. Easy separation of the desired products and recycling of the catalyst were demonstrated.


Fatty acid methyl ester Epoxidation Titanium catalyst Renewables Oleochemicals 



Authors acknowledge Italian Ministry of University and Research for funding (PRIN 2006 programme; prot. no. 2006032544).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matteo Guidotti
    • 1
  • Rinaldo Psaro
    • 1
  • Nicoletta Ravasio
    • 1
  • Maila Sgobba
    • 1
  • Enrica Gianotti
    • 2
  • Sarina Grinberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari - CNR and INSTM - UdR MilanoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Dip. Chimica IFMUniversità di TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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