Faculty Advisor

Clark, William M.


The purpose of this Major Qualifying Project was to create a methodology for a calcined eggshell biodiesel reaction and apply the same methodology to other forms of natural calcium carbonate. This was achieved by varying reaction conditions to determine a suitable process design. All catalysts tested passed the majority of qualitative 3/27 tests proving that the catalysts were successful. However, the catalysts were not found to be a more economical alternative to common alkali metal catalysts. There were also concerns considering large scale production due to the difficulty associated with separating the biodiesel product and cleaning the equipment. As it stands, using calcined calcium carbonate catalysts is a reasonable small scale biodiesel production method.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering