International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research (ISSN 2347-4289)

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International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research  
International Journal of Technology Enhancements and Emerging Engineering Research

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ISSN 2347-4289

Transesterification Of Sunflower Oil Using Mg-Al-Co3 Hydrotalcite As A Catalyst

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Priyanka Srivastava, Pratima Jain



Keywords: Hydrotalcite, heterogeneous catalyst, fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs)



ABSTRACT: An efficient and facile synthesis of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) using sunflower oil and methanol has been carried out in the presence of a solid base Mg-Al-CO3 hydrotalcite heterogeneous catalyst. This protocol promotes the environment friendly conditions as the hydrotalcites are non toxic, recyclable, takes less reaction time and is easy to work up. The hydrotalcite showed high activity for the transesterification reaction. The reaction parameters such as molar ratio of oil to methanol, reaction temperatures, time, catalyst loading ratios were also performed and the optimized conditions which gave maximum yields of 96.5% were at the molar ratio of 12:1 in 3 hours with 2wt % at 70 0C. The catalyst was recyclable and reused three times.



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