ISSN 2456-0235

International Journal of Modern Science and Technology


​​​​​​​​​​​​​August 2018, Vol. 3, No. 8, pp 166-172. 

​​​Production of biodiesel from Catharanthus roseus biooil using BaMoO₄/TiO₂ as a heterogeneous acid catalyst

M. Karthikeyan¹*, G. Baskar², S. Renganathan¹
¹Centre for Biotechnology, A.C.Tech., Anna University, Chennai-600 025. India.

²Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai – 600119. India.
​​*Corresponding author’s e-mail:


At present, most countries in the world are the importers of energy. The major demand in the energy system occurs, especially for crude products. Biodiesel is eco-friendly and it’s derived from vegetable oil, animal fat, waste cooking oil and non-edible oils. In the present study, non-edible oil from Catharanthus roseus seeds was utilized to produce biodiesel with the help of a heterogeneous catalyst. Barium Molybdate (BaMoO4) doped with Titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a sole heterogeneous catalyst was prepared using ultrasonication technique at 610°C for 5 h and used for producing biodiesel. The catalyst was characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, TGA and EDAX analysis.

Keywords: Catharanthus roseus; Oil extraction; Transesterification; Heterogeneous catalyst; Biodiesel.


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