Transesterification of canola oil on potassium-supported TiO2 catalysts

Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research in Material Sciences (CIMAT), Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Biotecnología, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 2777, Santiago, Chile
Catalysis Communications (Impact Factor: 3.32). 03/2010; 11(8). DOI: 10.1016/j.catcom.2010.02.013
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ABSTRACT The transesterification reaction of canola oil was studied on titania-supported catalysts with varying loadings of potassium. It was found that the most active catalysts fall in the range where the adsorption/ desorption of CO2 was the highest. Total conversion to methyl esters was achieved on a catalyst with 20% K-loading under air conditions and with no in situ pre-treatment before reaction. The funding from the CIMAT project No. 11980002 is gratefully acknowledged for funding this work.

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