Application of vacuum distillation to rectification of biofuel from microalgae

Satoshi Sugahara, Masaki Ota, Yoshiyuki Sato, Hiroshi Inomata

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A vacuum distillation apparatus was developed for distillation of biofuel from microalgal model solution. A residue curve was made to investigate the efficiency of oil distillation, using a modified UNIFAC equation for the calculation. From the results, n-hexane was highly separated from microalgal oil at 40 kPa. Squalane was gradually evaporated with recovery of n-hexane from the feed components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
Journalkagaku kogaku ronbunshu
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 20


  • Distillation
  • Microalgae
  • Modified UNIFAC
  • Residue curve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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