Solid acid catalyst based on single-layer α-Zirconium phosphate nanosheets for biodiesel production via esterification

Yingjie Zhou, Iman Noshadi, Hao Ding, Jingjing Liu, Richard S. Parnas, Abraham Clearfield, Min Xiao, Yuezhong Meng, Luyi Sun

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations

Abstract

In this study, a solid acid was prepared by the sulfonation of surface modified α-zirconium phosphate (ZrP) single-layer nanosheets (SO3H@ZrP), and the prepared solid acid was investigated for the esterification of oleic acid with methanol to produce biodiesel. For comparison, liquid H2SO4 and commercial Amberlyst® 15 catalyst were also evaluated for the same reaction under the same conditions. The experimental results showed that the SO3H@ZrP solid acid catalyst has a superior catalytic efficiency for the esterification reaction, as well as excellent recyclability. The SO3H@ZrP single-layer solid acid catalyst can be uniformly dispersed in the reaction media, but remains heterogeneous and thus can be easily separated and recycled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number17
JournalCatalysts
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Solid acid catalyst based on single-layer α-Zirconium phosphate nanosheets for biodiesel production via esterification'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this