Cooking oil not only for cooking
Have you ever asked yourself what else can we do with canola oil - a cooking material which has been widely used for years?
This project would give you a clue for an answer. Deriving benefit from the high content of unsaturated fatty acids in South Australian canola seeds, we developed a plan to turn an ordinary cooking material into 1-Decene - an extraordinary industrial material with various applications, worth up to a hundred million dollars in today’s market.
By applying advanced chemical technology, we use ethylene gas to cut the C-C bonds in an unsaturated fatty acid and triglycerides structure to produce 1-Decene in a continuous flow reactor.
The success of this research would help to boost South Australian economic growth and ease the highly sensitive unbalanced demand to supply ratio of poly-alpha olefins on the global market.
Future energy and resources
Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
Lan Huynh Nhat Le
Hoa An Nguyen
Le Nha Trang Tran