Camelina Industrial Applications -

Stabilisation of camelina oil methyl esters through selective hydrogenation – P. Pecchia, I. Galasso, S. Mapelli, P. Bondioli, F. Zaccheria, N. Ravasio – Industrial Crops and Products 2013

Summary: The high percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids of camelina oil (over 50%), which is rich in linolenic acid (37–40%) limits its commercial value and large-scale production. To improve the oil quality and its oxidative stability the methyl esters have been selectively hydrogenated using a non-toxic and non-pyrophoric heterogeneous copper catalyst. Our results showed that both catalysts are able to reduce the linolenic acid content below 1% while selectively increasing the monounsaturated one. Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926669013005323