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

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