A Convenient Route For The Alkoxylation Of Biodiesel And Its Influence On Cold Flow Properties

Mushtaq, M. and Isa, M Tan and Nadeem, M. and Devi, Cecilia and Lee, Susan Y. C. and Sagir, M. (2014) A Convenient Route For The Alkoxylation Of Biodiesel And Its Influence On Cold Flow Properties. International Journal of Green Energy, 11 (3). pp. 267-279.

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The attachment of alkoxy side chains to biodiesel and the associated effects on its cold flow properties are reported. High oleic methyl ester biodiesel was epoxidized using peroxy formic acid and subsequently alkoxylated using nine different alcohols employing BF3-ethereate complex as catalyst. A low molar excess for alcohols was used at moderately low reaction temperatures (40�50°C). A high conversion for attachment of alkoxy group ranging 84�93 was achieved with excellent selectivity. Cloud points, pour points, and kinematic viscosities were measured to evaluate the cold flow properties of modified biodiesel. The lowest cloud point �11°C and pour point �14°C were obtained with n-decoxy biodiesel. Elevated kinematic viscosities were observed for all alkoxylated products. The lowest kinematic viscosity (6.26 mm2·s�1) was observed for methoxy biodiesel. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR), 13C NMR, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) were used for structural elucidation. The reported alkoxylation route has high conversion rate and is convenient to implement.

Item Type:Article
Academic Subject One:Mission Oriented Research - Enhanced Oil Recovery - Enhanced oil recovery
Departments / MOR / COE:Research Institutes > Institute for Hydrocarbon Recovery
ID Code:10588
Deposited By: Assoc Prof Dr Isa Mohd Tan
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 23:47
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