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Nature. 2005 Nov 10;438(7065):178.

Green chemistry: biodiesel made with sugar catalyst.

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Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503, Japan.

Abstract

The production of diesel from vegetable oil calls for an efficient solid catalyst to make the process fully ecologically friendly. Here we describe the preparation of such a catalyst from common, inexpensive sugars. This high-performance catalyst, which consists of stable sulphonated amorphous carbon, is recyclable and its activity markedly exceeds that of other solid acid catalysts tested for 'biodiesel' production.

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16281026
DOI:
10.1038/438178a
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