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As society faces a future of dwindling petrochemical supplies at increasing cost, much attention has been focused on methods to degrade biomass into renewable commodity-chemical building blocks. Reported here is a powerful complementary approach that amplifies the complexity of molecular structures present in plant materials. Essential-oil phenylpropenoids are transformed via acrylate cross-metathesis into potent antioxidants that are widely used in perfumery and cosmetics, and in treating disorders associated with oxidative damage.


Justin A M Lummiss, Kelley C Oliveira, Alexandre M T Pranckevicius, Alexandra G Santos, Eduardo N dos Santos, Deryn E Fogg. Chemical plants: high-value molecules from essential oils. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2012 Nov 21;134(46):18889-91

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PMID: 23126387

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