Continuous flow vortex fluidic production of biodiesel

Joshua Britton, Colin Raston

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    Abstract

    A thin film vortex fluid device (VFD) is effective in the room temperature continuous flow conversion of sunflower oil to biodiesel. Optimised VFD operating parameters affords high purity biodiesel, with no saponification, without the need for the otherwise conventional use of a co-solvent or the use of complex catalysts, with improved green chemistry metrics for biodiesel production. The biodiesel, glycerol byproduct and catalyst also spontaneously separate post-VFD processing, and the catalyst can then be readily recycled three times without the need for further complex down-streaming processing. This journal is

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)49850-49854
    Number of pages5
    JournalRSC Advances
    Volume4
    Issue number91
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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