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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2016, Article ID 9761706, 6 pages
Research Article

Modeling Lipase-Catalyzed Biodiesel Production in [BMIM][PF6]

1Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Environment Science and Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710054, China
2Opening Research Laboratory about Water Resource and Land Environment in Arid and Semiarid Region, Ministry of Land Resource, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710054, China

Received 17 October 2015; Revised 20 December 2015; Accepted 24 December 2015

Academic Editor: Francisco Javier Deive

Copyright © 2016 JianJun Yang and MingYan Yang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lipase-catalyzed biodiesel production models in room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) reaction medium available in the literature are valid especially for mixing intensity. In this paper, a preliminary model is established in order to try to describe the lipase-catalyzed biodiesel production process in RTILs in a stirring type bioreactor. Mixing intensity and time delay were inspected for the reaction model in [BMIM][PF6] medium. As a result, this model is a good explanation for these actual reaction conditions in RTILs. The model prediction curves well describe the experimental data indicating this bioenzymatic reaction model is effective and reliable in certain conditions.