Biodiesel from Jatropha oil

Sylvain Didier Kouame, Joseph M. Perez, Semih Eser

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Oil was extracted from toxic seeds of a shrub, Jatropha Curcas, in high yields, up to 41% by weight. Jatropha oil was converted in a laboratory reactor to biodiesel by transesterification. Analysis of Jatropha oil and Jatropha biodiesel by GC/MS, NMR, and GC/SIMDIS showed that Jatropha oil could be readily converted to a biodiesel product through NaOH catalyzed transesterification. The resulting biodiesel fuel has desirable properties such as high cetane number compared to commercial biodiesel fuels from soybean oil and petroleum diesel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Chemical Society - 235th National Meeting, Abstracts of Scientific Papers
StatePublished - 2008
Event235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008 - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Apr 6 2008Apr 10 2008

Publication series

NameACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
ISSN (Print)0065-7727


Other235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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