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Efficient conversion of triacylglycerols and fatty acids to biodiesel in a microwave reactor using metal triflate catalysts

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We report that catalytic quantities of the Lewis acidic metal catalysts scandium triflate and bismuth triflate promote conversion of oleic, linoleic, palmitic and myristic acids and their glyceryl triesters to the corresponding methyl esters (biodiesel) in greater than 90% yield upon microwave heating. Additionally, both catalysts could be recovered and reused in esterification reactions at least six times.

Graphical abstract: Efficient conversion of triacylglycerols and fatty acids to biodiesel in a microwave reactor using metal triflate catalysts

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The article was received on 17 Apr 2010, accepted on 19 Jul 2010 and first published on 17 Aug 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0OB00014K
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2010,8, 4753-4756
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    Efficient conversion of triacylglycerols and fatty acids to biodiesel in a microwave reactor using metal triflate catalysts

    A. M. Socha and J. K. Sello, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2010, 8, 4753
    DOI: 10.1039/C0OB00014K

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