June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
26.318.1 - 26.318.14
BYOE: Using the Biodiesel Process as a Lab Activity to Reinforce Chemistry ConceptsThis BYOE demonstration presents a simple process converting vegetable oil intobiodiesel (also referred to as Fatty Acid Methyl Ester, FAME). The conversion ofvegetable oil into biodiesel is a spontaneous and relatively robust catalyzed chemicalprocess that can be easily adapted into a lab experiment using inexpensive equipment andsupplies. The basic chemistry of the biodiesel conversion process is outlined in aworksheet format to allow students to calculate reactant and catalyst amounts. Studentsthen measure out the chemicals and process their own individual batch in a discardedPET soda bottle. The lab activity can also be prepared ahead and performed as an in-classdemonstration by an instructor as part of a presentation.
Beardsley, R. A. (2015, June), BYOE: Using the Biodiesel Process as a Lab Activity to Reinforce Chemistry Concepts Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23657
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