Transesterification catalyzed by superhydrophobic-oleophilic mesoporous polymeric solid acids: An efficient route for production of biodiesel

Iman Noshadi, Ranjan Kamat Kumar, Baishali Kanjilal, Richard Parnas, Hua Liu, Jiantao Li, Fujian Liu

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Abstract

We report here an efficient mesoporous polymeric solid acid catalyst (p-PDVB-SO3H) with superhydrophobic-oleophilic properties synthesized from copolymerization of divinylbenzene (DVB) with sodium p-styrene sulfonate under solvothermal conditions. N2 isotherm showed that p-PDVB-SO 3H has large BET surface area and uniform mesopore. Contact angle tests showed that p-PDVB-SO3H exhibits superhydrophobic-oleophilic property for triolein and methanol, which results in its good miscibility and high exposition degree of active sites for various organic reactants. Catalytic tests showed that p-PDVB-SO3H has much better catalytic activities and recyclability toward transesterification to biodiesel than those of H-form mesoporous ZMS-5 zeolite, carbon solid acid and commercially acidic resin of Amberlyst 15, which will be very important for its wide applications for biodiesel production in industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-797
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Letters
Volume143
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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