Enzymatic transesterification of rapeseed oil and lauric acid in a continuous reactor

Pirkko Forssell, Petteri Parovuori, Pekka Linko, Kaisa Poutanen

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Abstract

The optimum conditions for enzymatic transesterification of rapeseed oil and lauric acid in a fixed-bed reactor were studied. No solvent was used in the reaction mixture. A small amount of water was dissolved in the substrate mixture to maintain the activity of the enzyme at as high a level as possible. For maximum yield, the transesterification was performed with a residence time of about 20 min at a water content in the range of 0.1 to 0.2% and at the lowest possible temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105 - 1109
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Volume70
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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