Decarboxylation of fatty acids over Pd supported on mesoporous carbon

Irina Simakova, Olga Simakova, Päivi Mäki-Arvela, Dmitry Yu Murzin*

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Fatty acid decarboxylation was studied in a semibatch reactor over 1 wt.% Pd/C (Sibunit) using five different fatty acids, C17-C20 and C22, as feeds. The same decarboxylation rates were obtained for pure fatty acids, whereas extensive catalyst poisoning and/or sintering and coking occurred with low purity fatty acids as reactants. One reason for catalyst poisoning using behenic acid (C22) as a feedstock was its high phosphorus content. The decarboxylation rate of fatty acids decreased also with increasing fatty acid to metal ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Today
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2010
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Decarboxylation
  • Fatty acids
  • Mesoporous carbon
  • Palladium


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