Estolides

Biosynthetic® Technologies manufactures a revolutionary new class of biobased synthetic compounds called Estolides. These are naturally derived oils that improve the quality of formulated products and are biodegradable. Estolides are a class of unique bio-based oils with a variety of uses. Their oligomeric structure contains fatty acid repeat units, with secondary ester linkages on the alkyl backbone. The chemical structure is shown here.

Functional groups denoted as α and β, oligomer length n, and the fatty acid feedstock can all be manipulated in order to achieve desirable performance properties.

Relevant technical performance properties include increasing or decreasing viscosity and polarity, as well as improving cold temperature properties and oxidative stability.

The base oils offered by Biosynthetic Technologies exhibit excellent lubricity and load carrying characteristics, strong oxidative stability, and good demulsibility. In addition, they show high flash point, with closed-cup values ranging from 200°C to 245 °C (ASTM D93) and open-cup values ranging from 240°C to >260 °C (ASTM D92). Biosynthetic Technologies base oils display good cold temperature performance as well, with pour points ranging from -18 °C to -21 °C (ASTM D97).

On top of their impressive technical performance, Estolides offer excellent environmental performance. These oils contain high bio-content, are biodegradable and nontoxic, and do not bioaccumulate.

At Biosynthetic Technologies, our base oil products are 70-90% biodegradable (OECD 301) with 65-95% bio-content (ASTM D6866). Additionally, they displayed no bioaccumulation (OECD 107) and were non-toxic at 1000 mg/mL (OECD 201, OECD 202, OECD 203, OECD 209).

BT4

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BT22

bt22

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BT75

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With a highly customizable structure, Estolides’ physical properties can be manipulated for specific applications. In addition, their environmental compatibility allows them to be used in widespread industries ranging from lubricants to personal care. Overall, Estolides serve as naturally derived oils that improve the quality of formulated products.

Estolides:

  • Are made from natural fatty acids found in various bio-derived oils.
  • Are highly functional “biosynthetic” oils. Have numerous uses in the lubricant, personal care, automotive, marine and industrial industries.
  • Approved for used in H1 Lubricants, VGP & Marine Lubricants, Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants and Engine Oils.
  • Outperform their petroleum counterparts in similar applications.
  • Can be used as the primary base oil of a lubricant formulation, a component of a base oil co-blend, or even as an additive.
  • Have high-performance properties. Are renewable, biodegradable, nonbioaccumulative and nontoxic.

Additional references on estolide technology can be found here.