Biomass - Creating Bio-Diesel

This detailed chemistry lesson from the U.S. Department of Energy focuses on transforming vegetable oil into biodiesel through a process of transesterification. The process described offers a good model for many chemical reaction processes that are used to produce a viable product.

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Matthew A. Brown
Raymond I. Quintana
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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An undergraduate Chemistry background should be sufficient for the teacher to proceed with leading this experience.

Teachers with less Chemistry experience could lead this experiment after first running through it themselves, and with careful attention to safety precautions.

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