Submitted to: Proceedings of Pittcon Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/2/2008
Publication Date: 3/2/2008
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2008. Applications of 1H-NMR to Biodiesel Research. Proceedings of Pittcon Meeting.
Technical Abstract: Biodiesel is an alternative diesel fuel derived from vegetable oils, animal fats, or used cooking oils. It is produced by reacting these materials with an alcohol in the presence of a catalyst to give the corresponding mono-alkyl esters. 1H-NMR is a routine analytical method that has been used for numerous purposes in oleochemistry. With biodiesel being an oleochemical product, it is straightforward to apply 1H-NMR to biodiesel research. Applications include determination of the fatty acid profile, monitoring of biodiesel production and monitoring of biodiesel oxidation. These applications are also of general interest in oleochemistry.