Background & Objective: A green one-pot synthesis of oleic acid (1) derivatives
is promoted by Rare Earth Metal (REM) triflates and commercial Molybdenum dioxo dichloride
(MoCl2O2) in the presence hydrogen peroxide as a green oxidant.
Results: The protocol permits to govern the oxidation selectivity by simply choosing the
proper combination of Mo and Sc catalysts.
Conclusion: Methyl oleate epoxide 2a and azelaic acid 6 thus obtained are valuable industrial
intermediates for synthesizing bio-compostable plastics, plasticizers of PVC, lubricating
oils, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals (bactericides, anti-inflammatories, etc.).