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Keywords:

  • biocatalysis;
  • biodiesel;
  • continuous flow;
  • supercritical fluids;
  • ionic liquids
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The inside cover picture shows a continuous reactor, containing immobilized lipase onto a polymeric matrix with covalently attached ionic liquid phase (SILLPs), to synthesize biodiesel in supercritical CO2 from vegetable oil and methanol. In their paper on page 790, Lozano and co-workers describe the preparation and extraordinary performance of different nanostructured supports applied to immobilize Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB). The suitability of these immobilized lipase derivatives to carry out the synthesis of biodiesel by methanolysis of triolein in supercritical CO2 was excellent, leading up to 95% biodiesel yields with high operational stability.