Freezing properties of alkenyl succinic anhydrides derived from linear isomerised olefins

Philip B. Sellars, Leo Lue, Iain S. Burns, D. Neil Work

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Alkenyl succinic anhydrides are important specialty chemicals that are used in the paper, oilfield and fuel additives industries. In this paper we investigate the link between the physical properties of alkenyl succinic anhydrides and the identities of their linear alkyl olefin precursors. We describe a straightforward GC analysis of olefin isomer distributions and show that these correlate well with the freezing temperatures of the subsequent alkenyl succinic anhydride products. This allows the identification of olefin isomer profiles that are required to give the desired physical properties in the alkenyl succinic anhydrides; it also provides a method to predict the freezing temperatures of alkenyl succinic anhydrides synthesised from a particular supply of olefin.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2287–2292
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number8
Early online date8 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2016


  • alkenyl succinic anhydrides
  • speciality chemicals
  • alkyl olefin precursors
  • GC analysis
  • olefin isomer profiles


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