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Advanced Technologies for Biodiesel Production Using a Microwave Extraction System

2007 DOT-RITA Seed Award


PI: Dr. Dorin Boldor (Louisiana State University AgCenter)
Co-PIs:  Dr. Vadim Kochergin (Louisiana State University)
Dr. Cristina Sabliov (Louisiana State University)
Dr. Marybeth Lima (Louisiana State University)

Funded: $70,000

Start Date: 7/1/2007

End Date: 6/30/2009


Expected Outcomes

The objectives of the proposed research are to use batch and continuous microwave technology to extract oil from traditional (soybeans) and alternative (rice bran, Chinese tallow tree seeds) feedstocks, to convert these oils into biodiesel, and to estimate the feasibility and economic viability of the process.


To achieve these objectives, the feedstock will be subjected to: pre-processing, oil extraction, separation, trans-esterification, and separation of trans-esterification products (biodiesel and glycerol). The results will be assessed using universally accepted analytical methods.


The outcomes of the proposed research project will (a) further develop and strengthen the bioenergy-targeted bioprocessing programs at LSU AgCenter; (b) develop new technologies for post-harvest processing of biodiesel feedstock, and (c) accelerate the technology transfer process from research to commercialization using existing agreements with industry partners.

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