Scientist proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel


Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86 % of the biofuels used in the EU.

Chemical engineer In├ęs Reyero Zaragoza proposed the substitution of methanol by ethanol for the production of biodiesel and the use of a heterogeneous catalyst, which will “result in a reduction of costs and in the environmental impact associated with the production of this biofuel”. One of the novel contributions of her research has been the synthesis and identification of a new compound the characteristics of which make it “a very good candidate for developing heterogeneous catalysts”.

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