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Heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable biodiesel production via esterification and transesterification.

Research paper by Adam F AF Lee, James A JA Bennett, Jinesh C JC Manayil, Karen K Wilson

Indexed on: 25 Jun '14Published on: 25 Jun '14Published in: Chemical Society Reviews



Abstract

Concern over the economics of accessing fossil fuel reserves, and widespread acceptance of the anthropogenic origin of rising CO2 emissions and associated climate change from combusting such carbon sources, is driving academic and commercial research into new routes to sustainable fuels to meet the demands of a rapidly rising global population. Here we discuss catalytic esterification and transesterification solutions to the clean synthesis of biodiesel, the most readily implemented and low cost, alternative source of transportation fuels to meet future societal demands.