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Issue 5, 2012
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Rational design of heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel synthesis

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Dwindling oil reserves and growing concerns over carbon dioxide emissions and associated climate change are driving the utilisation of renewable feedstocks as alternative, sustainable fuel sources. Catalysis has a rich history of facilitating energy efficient, selective molecular transformations, and contributes to 90% of current chemical manufacturing processes. In a post-petroleum era, catalysis will be pivotal in overcoming the scientific and engineering barriers to economically feasible bio-fuels. This perspective highlights some recent developments in heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of biodiesel from renewable resources, derived from plant and aquatic oil sources. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of catalyst pore architecture, surface polarity and acid and base properties, in meeting the challenge of transforming highly polar and viscous bio-based reactants.

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The article was received on 20 Jan 2012, accepted on 07 Feb 2012 and first published on 16 Feb 2012

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20038D
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 884-897
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    Rational design of heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel synthesis

    K. Wilson and A. F. Lee, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 884
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20038D

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