Synthesis of the Fatty Esters of Solketal and Glycerol-Formal: Biobased Specialty Chemicals

Molecules. 2016 Jan 30;21(2):170. doi: 10.3390/molecules21020170.


The caprylic, lauric, palmitic and stearic esters of solketal and glycerol formal were synthesized with high selectivity and in good yields by a solvent-free acid catalyzed procedure. No acetal hydrolysis was observed, notwithstanding the acidic reaction conditions.

Keywords: bio-based molecules; fatty esters; glycerol; glycerol formal; solketal.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acetals / chemistry*
  • Catalysis
  • Dioxolanes / chemistry*
  • Esters / chemical synthesis
  • Esters / chemistry
  • Fatty Acids / chemical synthesis*
  • Fatty Acids / chemistry
  • Molecular Structure
  • Solvents


  • Acetals
  • Dioxolanes
  • Esters
  • Fatty Acids
  • Solvents
  • glycerol formal