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Rapid Screening of an Acid-Catalyzed Triglyceride Transesterification in a Mesoscale Reactor

Lookup NU author(s): Luma Al-Saadi, Dr Valentine Eze, Professor Adam Harvey



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© 2019 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim A mesoscale oscillatory baffled reactor (meso-OBR) served as a continuous screening platform to rapidly investigate the operating conditions for acid-catalyzed production of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) from triglyceride feedstock. The acid catalyst was 4-dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid (DBSA) and the triglyceride feedstock was rapeseed oil (RSO). The parameter space was explored by means of a design of experiments (DoE) methodology. The variables screened were methanol-to-RSO molar ratio, catalyst-to-oil molar ratio, and residence time. Over 98 % conversion of RSO to FAME could be achieved under optimized conditions.

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Author(s): Al-Saadi LS, Alegria A, Eze VC, Harvey AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Chemical Engineering and Technology

Year: 2019

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Pages: 539-548

Print publication date: 20/02/2019

Online publication date: 24/01/2019

Acceptance date: 17/12/2018

Date deposited: 01/03/2019

ISSN (print): 0930-7516

ISSN (electronic): 1521-4125

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag


DOI: 10.1002/ceat.201800203


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