Transesterification to Biodiesel with Superhydrophobic Porous Solid Base Catalysts

Authors

  • Dr. Fujian Liu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry and College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (PR China)
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  • Dr. Wei Li,

    1. School of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85098705
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  • Dr. Qi Sun,

    1. Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Zhejiang Province, Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University (XiXi Campus), Hangzhou 310007 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85168590
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  • Dr. Longfeng Zhu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry and College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (PR China)
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  • Dr. Xiangju Meng,

    1. Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Zhejiang Province, Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University (XiXi Campus), Hangzhou 310007 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85168590
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  • Prof. Yi-Hang Guo,

    Corresponding author
    1. School of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85098705
    • School of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85098705
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  • Prof. Feng-Shou Xiao

    Corresponding author
    1. Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Zhejiang Province, Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University (XiXi Campus), Hangzhou 310007 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85168590
    • Key Lab of Applied Chemistry of Zhejiang Province, Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University (XiXi Campus), Hangzhou 310007 (PR China), Fax: (+86) 431-85168590
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Abstract

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Super combo: Superhydrophobic and porous solid bases are synthesized by co-polymerization of divinylbenzene (DVB) and 1-vinylimidazolate (VI). The materials show higher activities towards the transesterification of tripalmitin with methanol than conventional bases and VI mono-/polymer. Their performance is attributed to the synergy of superhydrophobicity combined with active VI sites. These catalysts also remain very active upon recycling.

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