Two simple and abundant compounds come together to close the circle
Fatty acids are important organic compounds of relevance to more than just our blood tests and overall health. They are used to produce plastics, lubricants, paints, fuels, cosmetics, soaps and detergents, to name only of few. Not surprisingly, organic chemistry is rife with recipes to extract or produce fatty acids from a variety of feedstocks using many different and often complex processes. The EU-funded FAT-FEEDOX project will work on a simplified route relying solely on abundant CO2 and readily available hydrocarbons for sustainable production of fatty acids that moves production toward a circular economy.