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Negative results

The latest data fail to support the hypothesis that a dilute sodium alloy can be used for a Bouveault-Blanc reduction of fatty acid methyl esters (more specifically, methyl stearate) dissolved in toluene with anhydrous ethanol as a proton donor. Given … Continue reading

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Illustrated guide to fatty alcohols

I would like to apologize to the RocketHub funders who opted for the illustrated PDF guide to fatty alcohols. The booklet took me longer to research and write than I initially anticipated.

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Cooperative research agreement signed

Wildcat Metallurgy recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division, to develop sodium alloys for the synthesis of fatty alcohols.

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1-dodecanol

1-dodecanol

Electrostatic potential field of 1-dodecanol (lauryl alcohol) molecule generated with Avogadro and edited with GIMP.

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The proof is at the print shop

The biodiesel recipe card is finished and has been uploaded to the print shop server. The postcards will be going out next week!

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Biodiesel is the first step

Last Friday I visited a biodiesel refinery in Belvidere, Illinois. Operated by BioVantage Fuels LLC, the plant takes waste vegetable oil from restaurants in the greater Chicago area and converts it to B95 and B100 fuel. The fuel must meet … Continue reading

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Jury-rigging a reflux condenser

Biodiesel is a blend of fatty acid methyl esters. For the initial test of the notional modified Bouveault-Blanc reduction, it would be better to use a pure reactant to simplify product analysis. Stearic acid can be converted to methyl stearate … Continue reading

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