Biodiesel synthesis using integrated acid and base catalysis in continuous flow

    • Mousa Asadi
    • Joel F. Hooper
    • David W. Lupton
    • School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton 3800, Victoria, Australia

    The use of biodiesel derived from oils and fats is making an increased contribution as a renewable energy sources. The synthesis of biodiesel involves transesterification of triglycerides to the monoalkyl esters, a process often made challenging by the presence of free fatty acids (FFA). Herein an integrated flow system for the synthesis of biodiesel, employing a solid supported acid catalyst for esterification of FFAs, followed by transesterification using polymer supported N-heterocycle carbene (NHC) catalyst is reported. This system delivers biodiesel in high yields from a variety of fat and oils, using robust and recyclable catalysts.

    Read the publication that featured this abstract

    Get in touch

    For more information on flow chemistry systems and services please use the contact methods below.

    Call us on +44 (0)1284 728659 or Email us