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Freezing properties of alkenyl succinic anhydrides derived from linear isomerised olefins

Sellars, Philip B. and Lue, Leo and Burns, Iain S. and Work, D. Neil (2016) Freezing properties of alkenyl succinic anhydrides derived from linear isomerised olefins. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 55 (8). 2287–2292. ISSN 0888-5885

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Abstract

Alkenyl succinic anhydrides are important specialty chemicals that are used in the paper, oilfield and fuel additives industries. In this paper we investigate the link between the physical properties of alkenyl succinic anhydrides and the identities of their linear alkyl olefin precursors. We describe a straightforward GC analysis of olefin isomer distributions and show that these correlate well with the freezing temperatures of the subsequent alkenyl succinic anhydride products. This allows the identification of olefin isomer profiles that are required to give the desired physical properties in the alkenyl succinic anhydrides; it also provides a method to predict the freezing temperatures of alkenyl succinic anhydrides synthesised from a particular supply of olefin.