Provided herein are methods comprising catalytic dimerization of .beta.-farnesene to obtain squalane and/or isosqualane. Compositions comprising squalane and/or isosqualane are provided. In certain embodiments, squalane and isosqualane prepared by the methods provided herein can be useful for applications in cosmetic industry and/or in the lubricants industry.
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH
Some of the work described herein was funded by Award No. DE-EE0002869 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Accordingly, the Government may have rights to some embodiments of this invention.