- General Course Material
Second week: synthesis of crude biodiesel from vegetable oil.
Soil nutrients: phosphate
You will be generating biodiesel from the sunflower seed oil you produced earlier. Use the protocol from the beginning of the semester ("Topic 2"), taking into consideration any problems you encountered and improving the method if you think it's appropriate. We will be testing our various biofuels for energy content in a later lab session, so save your resulting products.
Chromatography of Biodiesel / fatty acid methyl esters
(Note: TLC protocol as described in class)