Efficient esterification of fatty acids with alcohols catalyzed by Zr(SO4)2 • 4H2O under solvent-free condition

Joon Ching Juan, Jingchang Zhang, Mohd. Ambar Yarmo

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Abstract

Zirconium sulfate (Zr(SO4)2 • 4H2O) was an efficient catalyst for the esterification of fatty acids and alcohols under solvent-free condition. The esterification of fatty acid with branched alcohols using Zr(SO4)2 • 4H2O catalyst gave a good yield of the corresponding ester. The zirconium sulfate Bronsted acid site was suggested to be the catalytically active species in this reaction. In addition, Zr(SO4)2 • 4H2O compound is a potential green catalyst due to its high catalytic activity and low toxicity. This compound is also cost effective, easy to handle, is easily recovered by simple filtration and can be recycled for further reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-324
Number of pages6
JournalCatalysis Letters
Volume126
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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Keywords

  • Acid catalyst
  • Esterification
  • Green chemistry
  • Zirconium sulfate

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  • Chemistry(all)

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Efficient esterification of fatty acids with alcohols catalyzed by Zr(SO4)2 • 4H2O under solvent-free condition. / Juan, Joon Ching; Zhang, Jingchang; Yarmo, Mohd. Ambar.

In: Catalysis Letters, Vol. 126, No. 3-4, 12.2008, p. 319-324.

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