Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters

, Volume 98, Issue 1, pp 1–8 | Cite as

Catalytic oxidation of fatty acids. I. Epoxidation of unsaturated fatty acids

  • Zinaida P. Pai
  • Tatiana B. Khlebnikova
  • Yulia V. Mattsat
  • Valentin N. Parmon


Unsaturated fatty acids and their derivatives were oxidized with aqueous hydrogen peroxide in two-phase systems in the presence of homogeneous catalysts Q3{PO4[WO(O2)2]4}, where Q is [Bu 4 n ]3 +, [C5H5N(n-C16H33)]3 + or [Me(n-C8H17)3N]3 +. The reactions occurred under mild conditions (T < 100 °C, atmospheric pressure), without organic solvents, and exhibited high conversion and selectivity.


Phase-transfer catalysis Unsaturated fatty acids Oxidation Peroxopolyoxotungstates Quaternary ammonium cations 



The work was financially supported by the Branch of General and Technical Chemistry RAS (project No. 5.7.3, 2009). The authors are grateful to the Russian Foundation for Basic Research for access to the STN International databases via the STN Center at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zinaida P. Pai
    • 1
  • Tatiana B. Khlebnikova
    • 1
  • Yulia V. Mattsat
    • 1
  • Valentin N. Parmon
    • 1
  1. 1.Boreskov Institute of CatalysisNovosibirskRussia

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