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Green Chem., 2013, Advance Article
Received 15 May 2013, Accepted 11 Jul 2013
First published online 29 Jul 2013
A synthesis route for macrocyclic compounds such as lactones starting from common plant oils has been developed.
Large-ring lactones from plant oils
Large-ring lactones and lactams were prepared utilising the full fatty acid chain of common plant oils as a source of the macrocycle. Ring closure via acyloin condensation does not require large volumes of solvents for dilution. Nonadecalactone (NDL) and tricosalactone (TCL) can be converted to novel polyesters by ring opening.