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Title: Biodiesel Production from Canola Oil and Methanol Using Ba Impregnated Calcium Oxide with Microwave Irradiation-Assistance
Authors: Jakkrapong Jitjamnong
Apanee Luengnaruemitchai
Napaphat Samanwonga
Narinphop Chuaykarn
Keywords: biodiesel
calcium oxide
heterogeneous catalyst
barium impregnated
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Science Faculty of Chiang Mai University
Citation: Chiang Mai Journal of Science 46, 5 (Sep 2019), 987 - 1000
Abstract: In this study, powdered waste chicken (Gallus domesticus) eggshells, which were used as a raw calcium carbonate material, were calcined at 900 °C for 2 h in order to obtain calcium oxide (CaO). It was then impregnated by 10% by weight (wt.%) of barium (Ba) using barium chloride (BaCl2) precursor, and subsequently calcined at 900 °C for 4 h to yield a heterogeneous Ba/ CaO catalyst. The Ba/CaO catalysts were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), X-ray fluorescence spectrophotometer (XRF), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. The prepared catalysts were applied for the transesterification of canola oil with methanol under microwaveassisted heating (300 W) to form fatty acid methyl esters (FAME). The FAME composition was analyzed using gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The effects of the catalyst loading level, reaction time and methanol: canola oil molar ratio on the FAME yield were evaluated independently (univariate analysis), while the catalyst reusability was also investigated. The synthesized Ba/CaO catalyst showed a high catalytic performance with a maximum biodiesel yield of 94% when using a 3 wt.% catalyst loading, 9:1 molar ratio of methanol: canola oil for a 2 min of reaction time under 300 W microwave irradiation. Furthermore, the catalyst exhibited good reusability with a biodiesel yield of more than 90% after recycling for more than three cycles.
ISSN: 0125-2526
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