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Biodiesel purification by column chromatography and liquid-liquid extraction using green solvents

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de Jesus, Sergio S. [1] ; Ferreira, Gabriela F. [1] ; Wolf Maciel, Maria Regina [1] ; Maciel Filho, Rubens [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Chem Engn, Lab Optimizat Design & Adv Control, PO 6066, BR-13083852 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: FUEL; v. 235, p. 1123-1130, JAN 1 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 7

Biodiesel purification through acid-catalyzed in situ transesterification of dry biomass of Chlorella pyrenoidosa was evaluated by liquid-liquid extraction and column chromatography, using the solvents hexane, 2-methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MeTHF), and cyclopentyl methyl ether (CPME). The purified biodiesel were characterized through their chemical composition and physicochemical characteristics. The results showed that the purified biodiesel presented a purity level higher than 96.5%, and the purities obtained with CPME were very close to those obtained with hexane. Concerning physicochemical characteristics, biodiesel purified with green solvents showed higher densities and viscosities, but compliant with the European and North American quality standards. The difficulty to evaporate residual water from biodiesel purified with 2-MeTHF after the liquid-liquid extraction process required that biodiesel was left in decantation for 24 h, which resulted in a biodiesel with water content exceeding 0.05%(mass). Biodiesel purified with green solvents, mainly by column chromatography using CPME as eluent, show great potential to replace hexane in the biodiesel purification process, and the price of these solvents is the only factor limiting their large-scale use. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/19609-0 - Use of green solvents derived from sugarcane in the extraction of lipids and application in the production of biodiesel and synthesis of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran through bagasse
Grantee:Rubens Maciel Filho
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 10/03764-3 - Design and construction of agitated photobioreactor airlift for lipids and carbohydrates production
Grantee:Sergio Santos de Jesus
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate