Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1039/c3gc41379a
Title: Phosphotungstic acid-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the one-pot production of biodiesel from grease via esterification and transesterification
Authors: Zillillah
Ngu, T.A.
Li, Z. 
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Citation: Zillillah, Ngu, T.A., Li, Z. (2014-03). Phosphotungstic acid-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles as an efficient and recyclable catalyst for the one-pot production of biodiesel from grease via esterification and transesterification. Green Chemistry 16 (3) : 1202-1210. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1039/c3gc41379a
Abstract: A novel, active, and recyclable magnetic nano-size solid acid catalyst was developed for the high-yielding transformation of waste grease to biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters, FAMEs) via simultaneous esterification of free fatty acids (FFAs) and transesterification of triglycerides with methanol in one pot. The core-shell structured magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) HPW-PGMA-MNPs consist of iron oxide MNPs as the core, poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) as the shell, and phosphotungstic acid (HPW) as the surface acid group. They were conveniently prepared in a 93% yield from PGMA-MNPs via phosphonation with Na 2HPO4 and subsequent treatment with Na2WO 4·2H2O under acidic conditions, allowing for in situ formation of HPW on the particle surface with a high acidity of 1.13 mmol g-1 and a particle size of 90 nm. The catalyst was fully characterized by EDX, FT-IR, FESEM, TEM, and VSM. It demonstrated a much better catalytic performance for the transesterification of triacetin and for the one-pot transformation of grease to biodiesel than commercially available solid acid catalysts such as Amberlyst 15, Purolite CT-275, and zeolite. One-pot transformation of grease (21.3 wt% FFAs) with methanol using HPW-PGMA-MNPs (4 wt%) gave a 98% FAME yield after 24 h, with 96% conversion for the esterification and >98% conversion for the transesterification. HPW-PGMA-MNPs were easily separated from the reaction mixture under a magnetic field and efficiently reused for further cycles of transformation, retaining 95% productivity in the 10th reaction cycle. Thus, the developed magnetic nano-size solid acid catalyst is potentially useful for the green and economic production of biodiesel from waste grease. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Source Title: Green Chemistry
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/89775
ISSN: 14639262
DOI: 10.1039/c3gc41379a
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