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Polyol Synthesis from Fatty Acids and Oils

Dr. Jonathan Curtis of the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science received an issued U.S. patent on December 23, 2015.

U.S. Patent No. 9,216,940 entitled “Polyol Synthesis from Fatty Acids and Oils” describes a method for preparing polyols from fatty acid substrates such as free fatty acids, alkyl esters of fatty acids, mono- di- and tri-glycerides to produce polyols or a blend of polyols with desired functionality, molecular weights, or viscosity.

These polyols serve as the starting point to produce various materials such as polyurethanes including foams for furniture, bedding, car seats and insulation applications, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomer systems.

The patent is licensed to Canadian company, Consolidated Biofuels Ltd.