Lipid Chemistry

Reactions of the fatty acyl moieties of lipids both at double bonds and at carboxyl groups are important both in biology and for industry. For example, autoxidation can lead to spoilage of foods, and oxidation reactions can cause problems within living tissues. In contrast, a huge industry has developed that makes use of chemical reactions of fatty acyl residues of lipids to develop products for industry - from cosmetics to detergents, etc. Web pages on the following topics will appear as time and work commitments permit.

  1. Autoxidation & Photo-oxygenation
  2. Epoxidation, Hydroxylation & Oxidative Fission
  3. Halogenation & Halohydrins
  4. Metathesis
  5. Stereomutation
  6. Functionalization of unsaturated fatty compounds across the C,C double bond (Ursula Biermann and Jürgen O. Metzger)
  7. Double Bond Migration
  8. Formation of Heterocyclic Compounds
  9. Dimerization
  10. Hydrolysis, Alcoholysis, Esterification & Interesterification
  11. Acid Chlorides, Anhydrides & Ketene Dimers
  12. Peroxyacids & related compounds
  13. Sulfonation
  14. Carbonate Compounds
  15. Guerbet compounds (Gerhard Knothe)
  16. Methods of Preparation of Fatty Acids and Their Derivatives: Laboratory Exercises (H. M. Teeter and G. R. List)


As with other sub-sites of The AOCS Lipid Library, the online nature of these contributions allows them to be conveniently updated to reflect advances in the field.