(625w) Towards Sustainable Synthesis of Nylon 11–13 Precursors Using Ring-Closing Olefin Metathesis Strategy Conference: AIChE Annual MeetingYear: 2015Proceeding: 2015 AIChE Annual MeetingGroup: Sustainable Engineering ForumSession: Poster Session: Sustainability and Sustainable Biorefineries Time: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 6:00pm-8:00pm Authors: Abel, G., The University of Toledo YapaMudiyanselage, A., The University of Toledo Viamajala, S., The University of Toledo Varanasi, S., The University of Toledo Yamamoto, K., THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO We have recently developed new methods for the synthesis of high-order nylon precursors from oleic acids, an abundant feedstock available from various renewable sources. One of our strategies uses ring-closing metathesis as the key carbon-carbon disconnection/formation step. Although the synthesis is concise, it requires high temperature, halogenated solvents under dilute conditions, and high catalyst loading; all of which can be obstacle for industrial applications. To circumvent the issues, we have developed an improved method for the metathesis reaction that uses low temperature, non-halogenated solvent, and the catalyst with high stability that potentially enable recycling. Details of our work with focus on catalyst structure reactivity relationship will be presented.