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Research Conducted at University of Technology Has Updated Our Knowledge about Anions (Production of biodiesel fuel from canola oil with dimethyl...

July 30, 2014



Research Conducted at University of Technology Has Updated Our Knowledge about Anions (Production of biodiesel fuel from canola oil with dimethyl carbonate using an active sodium methoxide catalyst prepared by crystallization)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Fresh data on Anions are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Tronoh, Malaysia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "In this study, a novel method for the production of biodiesel under mild conditions using fine particles of sodium methoxide formed in dimethyl carbonate (DMC) is proposed. Biodiesel is generally produced from vegetable oils by the transesterification of triglycerides with methanol."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Technology, "However, this reaction produces glycerol as a byproduct, and raw materials are not effectively utilized. Transesterification with DMC has recently been studied because glycerol is not formed in the process. Although solid-state sodium methoxide has been reported to be inactive for this reaction, the catalytic activity dramatically increased with the preparation of fine catalyst powders by crystallization. The transesterification of canola oil with DMC was studied using this catalyst for the preparation of biodiesel."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "A conversion greater than 96% was obtained at 65 degrees C for 2 h with a 3:1 M ratio of DMC and oil and 2.0 wt% catalyst."

For more information on this research see: Production of biodiesel fuel from canola oil with dimethyl carbonate using an active sodium methoxide catalyst prepared by crystallization. Bioresource Technology, 2014;163():360-363. Bioresource Technology can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Bioresource Technology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/405854)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Kai, Univ Teknol PETRONAS, Center Biofuel & Biochem Res, Tronoh 31750, Perak, Malaysia. Additional authors for this research include G.L. Mak, S. Wada, T. Nakazato, H. Takanashi and Y. Uemura (see also Anions).

Keywords for this news article include: Tronoh, Malaysia, Asia, Alkalies, Anions, Biodiesel, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Carbonates, Carbonic Acid, Energy, Oil and Gas

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