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ERIC Number: EJ918434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Developing Biofuel in the Teaching Laboratory: Ethanol from Various Sources
Epstein, Jessica L.; Vieira, Matthew; Aryal, Binod; Vera, Nicolas; Solis, Melissa
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n7 p708-710 Jul 2010
In this series of experiments, we mimic a small-scale ethanol plant. Students discover that the practical aspects of ethanol production are determined by the quantity of biomass produced per unit land, rather than the volume of ethanol produced per unit of biomass. These experiments explore the production of ethanol from different sources: fruits, corn, potato starch, and grass. Students have the opportunity to ferment and distill ethanol from these sources and explore the advantages and disadvantages of each. We designed these experiments for the first-semester organic chemistry laboratory where students are introduced to a series of new techniques designed to build laboratory skills. Students can apply newly learned skills to the development of renewable energy. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 1 scheme.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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