Establishing a green platform for biodiesel synthesis via strategic utilization of biochar and dimethyl carbonate

Jechan Lee, Jong Min Jung, Jeong Ik Oh, Yong Sik Ok, Eilhann E. Kwon

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Abstract

To establish a green platform for biodiesel production, this study mainly investigates pseudo-catalytic (non-catalytic) transesterification of olive oil. To this end, biochar from agricultural waste (maize residue) and dimethyl carbonate (DMC) as an acyl acceptor were used for pseudo-catalytic transesterification reaction. Reaction parameters (temperature and molar ratio of DMC to olive oil) were also optimized. The biodiesel yield reached up to 95.4% under the optimal operational conditions (380 °C and molar ratio of DMC to olive oil (36:1)). The new sustainable environmentally benign biodiesel production introduced in this study is greener and faster than conventional transesterification reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1178-1181
Number of pages4
JournalBioresource technology
Volume241
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korean Government (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)) (No. NRF-2016R1D1A1B03933027).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Biochar
  • Biofuels
  • Fatty acid methyl esters
  • Pseudo-catalytic transesterification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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