Synthesis and Characterization of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil: A Problem-Based Green Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

Erin M. Gross, S. H. Williams, E. Williams, D. A. Dobberpuhl, J. Fujita

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Abstract

Students in a Green Chemistry laboratory course learned about clean energy and commercial-scale production of biodiesel from members of the Omaha Biofuels Cooperative. Students were presented with a "problem" to investigate several of the variables involved in synthesizing biodiesel from used cooking oil. Students were tasked to study a few of these variables, characterize their reaction products and report their findings. In this experiment, students investigated the following variables: oil identity, alcohol type, and catalyst amount and type. Students used both common biodiesel "field tests" and instrumental methods to characterize their biodiesel. Students learned how to communicate scientific results to both scientists and non-scientists via oral presentations, scientific reports and newspaper articles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGreen Chemistry Experiments in Undergraduate Laboratories
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Pages71-92
Number of pages22
Volume1233
ISBN (Electronic)9780841231771
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
Volume1233
ISSN (Print)00976156
ISSN (Electronic)19475918

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Gross, E. M., Williams, S. H., Williams, E., Dobberpuhl, D. A., & Fujita, J. (2016). Synthesis and Characterization of Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil: A Problem-Based Green Chemistry Laboratory Experiment. In Green Chemistry Experiments in Undergraduate Laboratories (Vol. 1233, pp. 71-92). (ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 1233). American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-2016-1233.ch005