A quantitative method is reported for the estimation of glycerol during transesterification of oil to form biodiesel. The reagent used to derivatize glycerol was 9,9-dimethoxyfluorene. Glycerol is estimated by both UV-visible spectrophotometric and high performance liquid chromatography methods. Using the former method, detection limits of 0.05% w/w of glycerol in biodiesel was established. Validation of the developed method was done using the Greenhill method for determination of free glycerol formed during the transesterification reaction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society|
|State||Published - Jul 2010|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgments Funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India is gratefully acknowledged. The authors thank the Sophisticated Analytical Instrumentation Facility (SAIF), Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Dr. Babu Varghese for the X-ray data collection. The authors also acknowledge valuable suggestions received during the drafting stage from Professor R. Ravi and G. Ravikumar.
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- Non-edible oils
- Transesterification reaction
- UV-visible spectrophotometric
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