—Applying metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a
solid catalyst in esterification of oleic acid and methanol for
model of biodiesel production were investigated. Taking an
advantage on high surface area, chemical/thermal stability and
surface chemistry (acid/basicity) properties on MOF materials
(MOF-808, ZIF-8, MIL-125) applied for catalyzed reaction of
carboxylic acid to ester compound. Those MOF materials
showed the catalytic properties higher than the reported
alumina compound at same reaction condition. Their
recyclability properties in heterogeneous catalyst were
investigated. The characteristic properties of MOF materials
such as crystal structure, porosity, surface area and functional
group (chemical bonding) on spend catalyst after reaction were
studied on this work.
—Metal-organic frameworks, biodiesel,
esterification, heterogeneous catalyst.
The authors are with Wuhan University of Technology, China (e-mail:
Cite: Kui Zhou and Somboon Chaemchuen, "Metal-Organic Framework as Catalyst in Esterification of Oleic Acid for Biodiesel Production," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 251-254, 2017.