329 The Loyola University New Orleans Biodiesel Project: Batch Production of Biodiesel From Campus Waste

Thursday, 22 October 2009
Exhibit Hall C (Puerto Rico Convention Center)
Hunter B. Fontenot , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Michelle M. Chatelain , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Brian Hays , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Alexander L. Girau , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Andrew V. Scott , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Joelle S. Underwood , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Lynn V. Koplitz , Department of Chemistry, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Chemistry students have acquired funding from the Loyola University New Orleans Student Government Association in a student-led effort to increase the sustainability of their campus. Through the implementation of a 40 gallon batch style biodiesel production system students have recycled waste vegetable oil from campus dining services into a useable product. Research has been preformed regarding the optimization of the reaction, quality of the product, and environmental impact on both a laboratory and batch scale. Through the project students have also been able to participate in various forms of community outreach including composting reaction by-products with local farmers and gardeners, public demonstrations of the biodiesel system, and donation of fuel to local nonprofit organizations. Future work includes consistent production of high quality fuel for consumption by university vehicles.
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