Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


The country of Haiti has the capability to use biodiesel for their transportation needs. This would increase their fuel security, economy and environmental impact. Jatropha curcas is a plant that will grow well in Haiti and produce a high yield of biodiesel. This report outlines studies done to find the optimal method for converting J. curcas oil to usable biodiesel. The amount of alkaline catalyst and ratio of methanol to fresh oil for the greatest conversion of fatty acid methyl esters are reported. In addition, the optimal reaction was established. Finding the most efficient way to convert J. curcas oil to biodiesel would allow for this biodiesel to be produced as economically as possible.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

June 2009


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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