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Special Issue "Biomass Derived Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysts"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2020.
Dr. José María Encinar Martín Website E-Mail
Department of Chemical Engineering and Physical Chemistry, University of Extremadura, Avda. De Elvas s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: biomass, biodiesel, biolubricants, oxidative stability, fatty acid methyl esters, catalyst, pyrolysis, gasification
Renewable energy sources will play a decisive role in the future development of mankind. The increase in energy demand and the need of replacing fossil fuels make the development of new renewable raw materials mandatory, in order to generate sustainable fuels and chemical products.
For this reason, the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, biolubricants and the development of biorefineries are promising research fields, among other alternatives. Some of these products are currently a reality, but the large-scale economic development is still uncertain due to the competition with fossil fuels. A significant and essential issue to overcome that challenge is the research and use of new catalysts to carry out the synthesis processes of bioproducts more efficiently.
For this Special Issue, we invite papers dealing with the use of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts for the development of processes such as biodiesel, biolubricant or biofuel production.
More specifically, topics of interest for the Special Issue include (but are not limited to):
- Bioenergy–Biofuels by-products
Dr. José María Encinar Martín
Dr. Sergio Nogales Delgado
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- Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Author: Hui Chen
Abstract: Soil respiration (Rs) is one of the major components controlling the carbon budget of terrestrial ecosystems. Aerated irrigation (AI) has been proven to increase Rs compared to control (CK), but the mechanisms of CO_2 release remain poorly understood. The objective of this study was (1) to test differences of aeration, irrigation, and their interaction on Rs, soil physical variables (soil water-filled pore spaceand temperature), and biotic properties (soil bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, microbial biomass carbon, soil cellulase activity and dehydrogenase activity, dry biomass of tomato, androot morphology), and (2) to assess how physical and biotic variables control Rs. Therefore, three irrigation treatments included (60%, 80%, and 100% of full irrigation).Each irrigation level contained AI and CK. A total of six treatments were carried out. The results showed that AI significantly increased total root length and dry biomass of fruit compared to CK (/P/<0.05). The positive effect of irrigation on dry biomass of leaf, fruit, and root was significant (/P/<0.05). With respect to CK, greater Rs under AI (averagely 5.6% increases) was mainly driven by soil water-filled pore space, aboveground biomass, soil bacteria,and soil fungi. The results of this study are helpful for understanding the mechanisms of soil CO_2 release under aerated subsurface drip irrigation.
Title: Biodiesel production from castor oil by two-step catalytic transesterification: optimization of the process and economic assessment
Authors: Nuria Sánchez, José María Encinar, Sergio Nogales, Juan Félix González
Abstract: In this work, castor oil was showed as an alternative feedstock to obtain biodiesel. The production of biodiesel was optimized by the use of a two-step process. In this process fresh methanol and an homogeneous catalyst were added in each step and the glycerol produced during the first stage was removed before the second reaction. The reaction conditions were optimized, considering catalyst concentration (NaOH) and methanol:oil molar ratio for both steps. A model was developed to predict the final ester content of the biodiesel. Optimal conditions (0.08 mol·L-1 and 0.01 mol·L-1 as catalyst concentration, 5.25:1 and 3:1 as MeOH:oil molar ratio for 1st and 2nd step, respectively) were established taking into account the biodiesel quality and an economic analysis. This type of process allowed for cost saving, since the amounts of methanol and catalyst were significantly reduced. An estimation of the final manufacturing cost of biodiesel production was carried out.