Kinetic modeling studies of heterogeneously catalyzed biodiesel synthesis reactions


The heterogeneously catalyzed transesterification reaction for the production of biodiesel from triglycerides was investigated for reaction mechanism and kinetic constants. Three elementary reaction mechanisms Eley-Rideal (ER), Langmuir-Hinshelwood-Hougen-Watson (LHHW), and Hattori with assumptions, such as quasi-steady-state conditions for the surface species and methanol adsorption, and surface reactions as the rate-determining steps were applied to predict the catalyst surface coverage and the bulk concentration using a multiscale simulation framework. The rate expression based on methanol adsorption as the rate limiting in LHHW elementary mechanism has been found to be statistically the most reliable representation of the experimental data using hydrotalcite catalyst with different formulations.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)
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Publication ISSN: 1520-5045
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Published Date: 2011-05-04
Published Online Date: 2011-01-07
Authors: Kapil, Ankur
Wilson, Karen (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4873-708X)
Lee, Adam F. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2153-1391)
Sadhukhan, Jhuma



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