Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: February 25, 2010
Publication Date: April 15, 2011
Citation: Sharma, B.K., Doll, K.M., Erhan, S.Z. 2011. Chemically modified fatty acid methyl esters: their potential for use as lubrication fluids and surfactants. In: Biresaw, G., Mittal, K.L., editors. Surfactants in Tribology. Vol 2. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis. p. 387-408. Technical Abstract: A review of recent developments in the synthesis and characterization of lubrication fluids and surfactants from methyl oleate. The synthesis of materials made using an epoxidation route is the focus. This versatile method of chemical modification of fatty acid methyl esters improves their oxidation stability and maintains their inherently good lubricity characteristics. Further reaction of the epoxide to form ester structures enables an even more versatile fluid, which has the stability advantages of the epoxides, but the flow characteristics of the olefins. Finally, a simple glyceride ester with an epoxidized fatty chain is shown to be an oil in water emulsifier.