Catalytic Behaviour of Heterogeneous Catalyst CuO-Al2O3 for Biodiesel Production

  C. Karthikeyan and S. Karuppuchamy

Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamilnadu, India

Abstract: Nanostructured Cu, CuO and Cu2O based materials were widely used as a catalyst in several applications owing to their unique physical, chemical properties.
Nowadays, biodiesel has received momentous attention as a bio-fuel due to its biodegradable, renewable, non-toxic and more environmentally benign nature as compared with the fossil fuels.
Biodiesel has been synthesized from variety of renewable sources like animal fats, vegetable oil, waste oil and algae oil by the chemical process of transesterification reaction.
In this work we have synthesized nanostructured CuO-Al2O3 catalyst and investigated its catalytic activity for the biodiesel production.

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