Biochemical catalytic production of biodiesel

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This chapter discusses the enzymatic production of biodiesel using lipase enzyme as a biocatalyst. It starts by highlighting the advantages and limitations of the enzymatic approach and includes a review on the effects of the source of lipase, type and quality of feedstock, type of acyl acceptor and temperature. The chapter then discusses importance of using the lipase in immobilized form and different immobilization techniques. A kinetic model that is developed from the mechanismic steps of enzymatic transesterification of triglyceride is also presented. The chapter concludes with an exploration of the future advances in enzymatic biodiesel production.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Biofuels Production
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses and Technologies
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9780857090492
ISBN (Print)9781845696795
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Enzymatic biodiesel production
  • Immobilized lipase
  • Kinetic model
  • Waste oil feedstock

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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