News Column

Reports from Gauhati University Highlight Recent Findings in Nanoparticles (Production of biodiesel from sunflower oil using highly catalytic...

July 30, 2014



Reports from Gauhati University Highlight Recent Findings in Nanoparticles (Production of biodiesel from sunflower oil using highly catalytic bimetallic gold-silver core-shell nanoparticle)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Research findings on Nanoparticles are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Gauhati, India, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Bimetallic Gold-silver core-shell nanoparticles (Au@Ag NPs) were synthesized at room temperature, where gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) served as seeds for continuous deposition of silver atoms on its surface. The core shell structure was examined by UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Gauhati University, "The catalytic activity of these nanoparticles toward biodiesel production from Sunflower oil through transesterification was studied. The confirmation for biofuel synthesis was performed using Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectroscopy. Fuel properties are determined by standard ASTM (American society for Testing and Materials) protocols. Our observations show that at certain catalyst concentration, temperature and reaction time, highest yield of biodiesel (86.9%) is attained. The fuel properties of the synthesized biofuel are at par with standard biofuel."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Further, the catalyst showed sustained activity for 3 cycles of transesterification."

For more information on this research see: Production of biodiesel from sunflower oil using highly catalytic bimetallic gold-silver core-shell nanoparticle. Energy, 2014;69():695-699. Energy can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Energy - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/483)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Banerjee, Gauhati Univ, Inst Sci & Technol, Gauhati 781084, India. Additional authors for this research include B. Dey, J. Talukdar and M.C. Kalita (see also Nanoparticles).

Keywords for this news article include: Gauhati, India, Asia, Biodiesel, Bioengineering, Biofuel, Biotechnology, Emerging Technologies, Energy, Nanoparticle, Nanoparticles, Nanotechnology, Oil and Gas

Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC


For more stories covering the world of technology, please see HispanicBusiness' Tech Channel



Source: Biotech Week


Story Tools






HispanicBusiness.com Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters