current faculty grants
Development of An Economic and Efficient Biodiesel Production Process
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is carrying out a research project aimed at developing an efficient process to produce biodiesel. Completion of this goal will align with the Biomass Program objectives since it will make the cost of biofuels competitive with petroleum-based fuel for the farmers who are growing their own fuel stock, and help create an environment conducive to maximizing production and use of biofuels. In this project, the team will develop and test various types of heterogeneous catalysts that could replace the conventionally used soluble potassium hydroxide catalyst which must be separated and disposed of at the end of the process. Using a heterogeneous catalyst will also allow for the prompt separation and purification of the byproduct glycerol.