Optimization of biodiesel production from castor oil.

  title={Optimization of biodiesel production from castor oil.},
  author={N{\'i}vea de Lima da Silva and Maria Regina Wolf Maciel and C{\'e}sar Benedito Batistella and Rubens Maciel Filho},
  journal={Applied biochemistry and biotechnology},
The transesterification of castor oil with ethanol in the presence of sodium ethoxide as catalyst is an exceptional option for the Brazilian biodiesel production, because the castor nut is quite available in the country. Chemically, its oil contains about 90% of ricinoleic acid that gives to the oil some beneficial characteristics such as its alcohol solubility at 30 degrees C. The transesterification variables studied in this work were reaction temperature, catalyst concentration and alcohol… CONTINUE READING

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