Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Engineering Science


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Ernest K. Yanful

Second Advisor

Dr. Maurice A Bergougnou


In this work an effort has been made to produce an environment friendly and renewable fuel (biodiesel) from an inedible vegetable oil (Jatropha curcas oil), which can be a substitute feedstock of traditional food crops for biodiesel production. This is a bench scale feasibility study. Here, unsupported potassium carbonate was used as a catalyst. Researching the potential and the behavior of potassium carbonate is very important because every biomass contains this compound in a significant amount. It can be extracted by using classical extraction or leaching technologies. During the biodiesel production reaction, the formation of soap as a byproduct was also monitored using the FTIR-ATR method. After a series of experiments, 6 wt% unsupported catalyst, 6:1 methanol to oil molar ratio, 65°C and 600 rpm were selected to be the optimum reaction parameters, that are able to produce quality biodiesel.



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