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Research Project: VEGETABLE OIL-BASED FUELS, ADDITIVES AND COPRODUCTS

Location: Bio-oils Research

Title: Biodiesel and its properties

Author
item Knothe, Gerhard - Gary

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/4/2015
Publication Date: 5/17/2016
Citation: Knothe, G.H. 2016. Biodiesel and its properties. In: McKeon, T.A., Hayes, D.G., Hildebrand, D.F., Weselake, R.J., editors. Industrial Oil Crops. 1st edition. Urbana, IL: AOCS Press. p. 15-42.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Biodiesel is a bio-based alternative to conventional diesel fuel derived from petroleum. It consists mainly of the fatty acid esters of vegetable oils or other triacylglycerol feedstocks. This chapter provides a background on biodiesel as well as an overview of biodiesel production, analysis, and properties with an emphasis on individual fatty esters. An outlook for biodiesel with improved properties concludes the chapter.