Synthesis and characterisation of lipase enzyme immobilised on magnetic nano particles for application in the transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel

  • Pham Xuan Nui
  • Nguyen Ngoc Son
  • Le Thi Cuc
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In the study, magnetic chitosan microspheres were prepared by the chemical co-precipitation approach using glutaraldehyde as the cross-linking reagent for lipase immobilisation. The lipase enzyme is immobilised on the principle of creating peptides covalently linked via glutaraldehyde as a bridge with chitosan magnetic particles. The catalyst
system has been characterised using the following analytical methods: X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The analysis showed that the enzyme was immobilised onto the magnetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles formed were spherical, uniform in size with average diameters from 12 - 15nm. Using the immobilised lipase, the conversion of soybean oil to fatty acid methyl esters reached 93%wt under the reaction temperature of 40oC and reaction duration of 30h, and methanol/oil amount-of-substance ratio of 4:1 with the three-step addition of methanol.


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How to Cite
Nui, P. X., Son, N. N., & Cuc, L. T. (2013). Synthesis and characterisation of lipase enzyme immobilised on magnetic nano particles for application in the transesterification of soybean oil to biodiesel. Petrovietnam Journal, 11, 37-42. Retrieved from