Heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable biodiesel production via esterification and transesterification

Adam Lee, James Bennett, Jinesh C. Manayil, Karen Wilson

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Concern over the economics of accessing fossil fuel reserves, and widespread acceptance of the anthropogenic origin of rising CO2 emissions and associated climate change from combusting such carbon sources, is driving academic and commercial research into new routes to sustainable fuels to meet the demands of a rapidly rising global population. Here we discuss catalytic esterification and transesterification solutions to the clean synthesis of biodiesel, the most readily implemented and low cost, alternative source of transportation fuels to meet future societal demands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7887-7916
Number of pages30
JournalChemical Society reviews
Issue number22
Early online date24 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2014

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Funding: EPSRC for the award of a Leadership Fellowship (EP/G007594/4). K.W. thanks the Royal Society for the award of an Industry Fellowship.


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