Cucurbituril-protected Cs2.5H0.5PW12O40 for optimized biodiesel production from waste cooking oil


CsPW-CB[7] is the inclusion complex of Cs2.5H0.5PW12O40 with cucurbit[7]uril.

CsPW-CB[7] is an effective catalyst for the transesterification of waste cooking oil.

The conversion rate of waste cooking oil was up to 95.1%.

This CsPW-CB[7] could exhibit a desirable recyclability.

The biodiesel reaches the ASTM D6751 standards.


In this research, transesterification of waste cooking oil has been studied. The cucurbit[7]uril-protected Cs2.5H0.5PW12O40 (CsPW-CB[7]) is prepared as a highly efficient catalyst for the direct biodiesel production via the transesterification of waste cooking oil. The CsPW-CB[7] is characterized by X-ray diffraction, FT-IR. Besides, response surface methodology (RSM) was used to optimize the operating parameters on the conversion rate of waste cooking oil. In addition, the maximum conversion rate could reach 95.1% under the optimum experimental conditions that are catalyst of 2 wt%, methanol/oil molar ratio of 11: 1, reaction time of 150 min and temperature of 70 °C. According to the assumption of pseudo-first order reaction, the activation energy of the reaction was calculated as 36.0 kJ mol−1, indicating the reaction is easy to react. The physicochemical properties of biodiesel product could reach the ASTM D6751 standard. The results indicated that the CsPW-CB[7] catalyst showed good catalytic performance and its excellent potential application in biodiesel production. Also, based on the coded parameters, the quadratic regression model with determined coefficients was presented. In addition, the model is significant according to the ANOVA analysis and residual plots.


  • Biodiesel;
  • Waste cooking oil;
  • Cucurbituril;
  • Heteropoly acid;
  • Transesterification;
  • Response surface methodology

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