An intensified esterification process of palm oil fatty acid distillate catalyzed by delipidated rice bran lipase

Chin Chong Fui, Ti Tey Beng, Zanariah Mohd Dom, Nordin Ibrahim, Russly Abd Rahman, Chuan Ling Tau

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An intensified esterification process was operated by circulating 10 l of reaction mixtures, consisting of palm oil fatty acid distillate (PFAD) and glycerol in hexane, through a packed-bed reactor (PBR) filled with 10 kg of delipidated rice bran lipase (RBL). The influence of the process parameters, such as reaction temperature and type of water-removal agent, on the performance of this intensified esterification process were investigated. The highest degree of esterification (61%) was achieved at a reaction temperature of 65°C, using silica gels as the water-removal agent. Thin-layer chromatography (TLC) analysis showed that the major composition of the esterified product was diacylglycerol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1131
Number of pages8
JournalThe Scientific World Journal
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Acylglycerols
  • Esterification
  • Packed bed reactor
  • Palm oil fatty acid distillate
  • Rice bran lipase

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