16. Catalytic Biodiesel Production

  1. Christian Kennes and
  2. María C. Veiga
  1. Zhenzhong Wen1,
  2. Xinhai Yu2,
  3. Shan-Tung Tu2 and
  4. Jinyue Yan3,4

Published Online: 13 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch16

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

How to Cite

Wen, Z., Yu, X., Tu, S.-T. and Yan, J. (2013) Catalytic Biodiesel Production, in Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy (eds C. Kennes and M. C. Veiga), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Energy and Power Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

  2. 2

    School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

  3. 3

    School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology, Mälardalen University, Väasterås, Sweden

  4. 4

    School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119943310

Online ISBN: 9781118523360



  • Biodiesel;
  • Continuous;
  • Heterogeneous;
  • Solid bases;
  • Solid acids;
  • Ecological;
  • Economic analysis;
  • Reactors


Biodiesel can be produced through transesterification process with alcohols by using batch reactors with homogeneous catalysts. However, this type of operation process exhibits low efficiency along with issues on the post-treatment or recycle of homogeneous catalysts. To improve those shortcomings, new intensified continuous reactors and heterogeneous catalysts have been developed to meet both the requirement of high-efficiency and low-pollution. This chapter will summarize the recent progress of intensified reactors and new solid heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production, which will provide solid foundations to analyze the potential continuous reactors and solid heterogeneous catalysts for large-scale biodiesel production. Furthermore, the economic analysis and ecological issues are also demonstrated in the end.