Monitoring of a Biodiesel Transesterification Process with a TD-NMR Spectrometer

The 19.5 MHz Spintrack NMR analyzer was utilized to study a FAME biodiesel production reaction. The samples analyzed were: 

1) Used vegetable oil

2) Partially transesterified biodiesel product (bad biodiesel) 

3) High yield FAME biodiesel product 

4) Glycerin by-product from the process

 

CPMG T2 decays were generated and then that data was processed with a inverse laplace transformation to produce T2 distribution profiles.

NMR Experiment explanation is given below:

 

 

The CPMG data obtained on the four samples is shown below:

The T2 distribution profiles obtained by inverse Laplace transformation of the CPMG data are shown below:

 

 

Plainly TD-NMR can play a role in monitoring the biodiesel production process.