Biodiesel and FAME synthesis assisted by microwaves: homogeneous batch and flow processes
AuthorsHernando, J.; Letón García, Pedro; Matía Martín, María de la Paz; Novella Robisco, José Luis; Álvarez-Builla Gómez, Julio
IdentifiersPermanent link (URI): http://hdl.handle.net/10017/3375
Fuel, 2007, v.86, n.10-11, p.1641-1644
Energy & fuels
© Elsevier 2006
Fatty acids methyl esters (FAME) have been prepared under microwave irradiation, using homogeneous catalysis, either in batch or in a flow system. The quality of the biodiesel obtained has been confirmed by GC analysis of the isolated product. While the initial experiments have been performed in a small scale laboratory batch reactor, the best experiment has been straightforward converted into a stop-flow process, by the use of a microwave flow system. Compared with conventional heating methods, the process using microwaves irradiation proved to be a faster method for alcoholysis of triglycerides with methanol, leading to high yields of FAME.
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