Green synthesis of biodiesel using ionic liquids

Martyn Earle, Natalia Plechkova, Kenneth Seddon

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This paper is a hybrid starting with an overview and history of biodiesel synthesis and finishing with a description with some of our latest unpublished data. Initially, we examine "green" ways of obtaining biodiesel using ionic liquids, which can have an acidic or basic functionality, and can function both as a solvent and catalyst for the (trans)esterification reaction to obtain biodiesel. Both animal and vegetable resources can be utilized as a resource for (trans)esterification reactions depending on the geographical area. Biodiesel is of great interest because it enables motor vehicle transport using a renewable resource, while reducing the amount of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels being released into the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2045-2057
Number of pages13
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)


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