Development of Catalysts for
High Temperature Biodiesel Production
Previous work (see PIG
Alumni, Rattanaphra) has identified the efficacy
of sulphated zirconia as a high temperature
catalyst for the production of biodiesel. We
would like to take this work further, to follow
up on a number of interesting observations,
based on selectivity and catalyst formulation.
Unfortunately these are currently confidential -
but the details will be released when you start
project will involve studying the preparation
and characterisation of sulphated zirconia and a
number of other acid catalysts, and relating
this to the conversion and selectivities
observed when catalysing the biodiesel reaction
at temperatures up to 300°C.
For more details, please
contact Prof Adam Harvey.