Researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a durable catalyst for green biodiesel production from low grade feedstock through one-step catalysis
Biodiesel is a sustainable liquid fuel originated from biomass. However, traditional liquid biodiesel catalyst generates a huge amount of waste water in the final purification procedure.
A new class of solid catalyst is developed by precise surface chemistry engineering to catalyze the biodiesel production. With excellent adaptability to low grade unrefined feedstock like waste cooking oil, the catalyst can provide complete solution to the waste water problem.
In addition, it operates at a significant lower temperature and pressure as compared with the existing solid biodiesel catalyst due to its high catalytic activity, which can reduce the energy and cost required for biodiesel production.
Special Features and Advantages:
• One-step biodiesel production from low grade unrefined feedstock
• No washing with fresh water required for biodiesel produced
• Operates at low temperature and pressure which can reduce the cost
• The catalyst demonstrates excellent reusability and robustness
This new catalyst is designed for one-step energy saving biodiesel synthesis from low grade unrefined feedstock containing high free fatty acid and water content with no post-production washing required. Toxic methanol used can also be replaced by ethanol or propanol which makes the process more sustainable.
• Gold Medal - 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland (April 2015)
• Thailand Award for Best International Invention from The National Research Council of Thailand - 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland (April 2015)
For further information contact:
Dr Ka-fu YUNG
Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology
Institute for Entrepreneurship
Tel: (852) 3400 2929
Fax: (852) 2333 2410
Hong Kong PolyU article
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | ResearchSEA
Greater Range and Longer Lifetime
26.10.2016 | Technologie Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH
26.10.2016 | Vienna University of Technology
Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.
This new method was born of a surprising phenomenon: irradiating glass in a particular way with an ultrafast laser has the effect of making the glass up to a...
Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion
Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...
Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.
"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...
In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...
By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.
"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...
14.10.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
12.10.2016 | Event News
26.10.2016 | Awards Funding
26.10.2016 | Power and Electrical Engineering
26.10.2016 | Health and Medicine