Lookup NU author(s): Dussadee Rattanaphra,
Professor Adam Harvey
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The esterification of myristic acid with methanol in presence of triglycerides using sulfated zirconia prepared by solvent-free method as the heterogeneous catalyst was studied. The effects of reaction temperature (393-443 K), catalyst loading (1-3 %wt) and molar ratio of oil to methanol (1:4-1:20) on the conversion of myristic acid were investigated. The experimental data was interpreted with a second order pseudo-homogeneous kinetic model. The kinetic parameters were obtained. A good agreement between the experimental data and the model was observed. Sulfated zirconia prepared by solvent-free method exhibited high catalytic activity for this reaction. Low activation energy of 22.51 kJ mol(-1) was obtained in the range of temperature of 393-443 K. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Rattanaphra D, Harvey AP, Thanapimmetha A, Srinophakun P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Renewable Energy
Print publication date: 26/03/2011
ISSN (print): 0960-1481
ISSN (electronic): 1879-0682
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