• Vegetable oils are being explored for a variety of uses in which they could replace petroleum products.
  • One such application is in the field of lubricants.
  • Every moving part in machinery (such as engine pistons) needs lubrication to decrease friction and prolong the life of the equipment.
  • New techniques for making specialized esters from vegetable oil are now being explored that will make the compounds more stable and more useful as lubricant.
  • An esterification is a condensation reaction in which an ester is formed from an alcohol and a carboxylic acid.
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