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Advanced Technologies in Biodiesel by Aminul Islam Islam, Yun Hin Taufig-Yap

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CHAPTER 2

Nano to Macroscopic Catalytic Progress in Biodiesel Production

The enormous worldwide use of diesel fuel and the rapid depletion of crude oil reserves have prompted keen interest and exhaustive research into suitable alternative fuel. Currently, attention is focused on human and environmental safety, in relation to the release of hydrocarbons into the environment. Petroleum derivatives contain benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene isomers, the major components of fossil fuel, which are hazardous substances subject to regulations in many parts of the world (Serrano et al. 2006). As a consequence, the demand of green energy is increasingly gaining international attention. When green energy is used, the primary objective is to reduce ...

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