Valorisation of corncob residues to functionalised porous carbonaceous materials for the simultaneous esterification/transesterification of waste oils

Green Chemistry (Impact Factor: 8.02). 09/2011; 13(11):3162-3167. DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15908A


Functionalised porous carbonaceous materials prepared from the controlled pyrolysis of corncobs were found to provide excellent activities in the simultaneous esterification/transesterification of highly acidic waste oils to biodiesel-like mixtures. Materials carbonised at 600 °C (mostly microporous) containing –SO3H groups (ca. 1 wt% S, 0.16 mmol g−1 –SO3H) exhibited the optimum yields (>95%) to fatty acid methyl esters after 6 h of reaction.

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