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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 2 (2005) pp 130-132

Small Scale Biodiesel Production: A Laboratory Experience for General Chemistry and Environmental Science Students

Sally A. Meyer and Mark A. Morgenstern

Department of Chemistry, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903,,
Received February 24, 2004. Accepted May 13, 2004.

Published online: 24 February 2005

Abstract. Small-scale production of biodiesel is used as a laboratory exercise in general chemistry or environmental science. The objectives of the laboratory are to teach a little about organic chemical structures and biochemistry as well as to reinforce an understanding of intermolecular forces and the role these forces play in determining the properties of liquids. This laboratory also serves to excite students to study more chemistry if they are interested in environmental science because they find the application interesting.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; biochemistry; environmental

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Issue date: April, 1 2005

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