Gary Leung*, Vladimir Strezov

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    Esterification is a chemical reaction in which two reactants, typically alcohol and an acid, form an ester as a reaction product. Biodiesel processing usually refers to transesterification (also called alcoholysis), which involves changing one ester (oil or fat) into another (alkyl ester). Alkyl esters are also termed biodiesel. Esterification can also refer to the reaction of free fatty acids (FFAs; fatty acid chains formed by the breakdown of conventional oil triglyceride molecules) with alcohol or glycerol to form the alkyl ester biodiesel. This chapter reviews esterification as a concept for biodiesel production, including both strict esterification and the transesterification of oils and fats.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBiomass processing technologies
    EditorsVladimir Strezov, Tim J. Evans
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton
    PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages43
    ISBN (Electronic)9781482282603
    ISBN (Print)9781466566163
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • lipase-catalyzed alcoholysis
    • in-situ transesterification
    • biodiesel fuel production
    • waste cooking oil
    • free fatty-acids
    • vegetable-oils
    • soybean oil
    • methyl-esters
    • seed oil
    • supercritical methanol


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