Renewable resources in the field of agriculture are of increasing importance for industrial application. The aim of scientific research is to find solutions for refining renewable raw materials in order to synthesize products for the non-food area. However, a certain grade of functionalization within the chemical structure of these materials is needed to render their industrial use possible. Cellulose, starch and sucrose possess many functional groups whereas fats and oils have only a small number of functional groups. Therefore only about 100.000 t per year fats and oils were used as educts for the chemical industry in Germany.
The refinement of model compounds is done by well established methods like hydroformylation of oleic acid derivatives or cross-metathese of undecylenic acid ester to branch-chain olefins.
The multi-phase-reaction of bromoanisol with aryl boronic acid was catalyzed by water soluble phosphine palladium complexes. Oligomerization or polymerization reactions were carried out with chiral and achiral epoxides.