Designing heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel synthesis

K. Wilson

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Concerns over dwindling oil reserves, carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel sources and associated climate change is driving the urgent need for clean, renewable energy supplies. The conversion of triglycerides to biodiesel via catalytic transesterification remains an energetically efficient and attractive means to generate transportation fuel1. However, current biodiesel manufacturing routes employing soluble alkali based catalysts are very energy inefficient producing copious amounts of contaminated water waste during fuel purification. Technical advances in catalyst and reactor design and introduction of non-food based feedstocks are thus required to ensure that biodiesel remains a key player in the renewable energy sector for the 21st century. This presentation will give an overview of some recent developments in the design of solid acid and base catalysts for biodiesel synthesis. A particular focus will be on the benefits of designing materials with interconnected hierarchical macro-mesoporous networks to enhance mass-transport of viscous plant oils during reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalAbstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20111 Sept 2011

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242nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition; Denver, CO; United States; 28 August 2011 through 1 September 2011


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