Transesterification reaction of soybean oil over KF/MgO catalyst

Yongbeom Jo, Jong Ki Jeon, Sung Hoon Park, Young Kwon Park

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The basic strength of the MgO catalyst was enhanced by impregnating it with KF to synthesize a highly active catalyst for the bio-diesel production. To increase basicity, KF impregnated on synthesized MgO in laboratory. The synthesized catalyst was characterized using N2 adsorption-desorption, X-Ray diffraction, X-Ray fluorescence, and CO2 temperature programmed desorption analyses. Bio-diesel was produced from soybean and methanol and its fatty acid methyl ester content was measured to evaluate the activity of the catalyst. The catalyst impregnated with 30 wt% KF exhibited the highest activity, which was attributed to its abundant intermediate base site.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-347
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Chemistry for Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • Basicity
  • Biodiesel
  • KF/MgO
  • Transesterification


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