Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering

, Volume 43, Issue 11, pp 5701–5709 | Cite as

Esterification Reaction Kinetics of Acetic and Oleic Acids with Ethanol in the Presence of Amberlyst 15

  • Afeeq Shahid
  • Yousuf JamalEmail author
  • Sher Jamal Khan
  • Jamshed Ali Khan
  • Bryan Boulanger
Research Article - Chemical Engineering


Esterification of acetic and oleic acids with ethanol in the presence of Amberlyst 15 was evaluated as a function of reaction temperature, fatty acid-to-ethanol molar ratio, catalyst concentration, and fatty acid carbon chain length. All reactions were carried out using a batch reaction system, and the resulting experimental data was modeled using Langmuir–Hinshelwood–Hougen–Watson and Eley–Rideal surface reaction kinetic models to determine reaction rates. Esterification of acetic and oleic acid with ethanol increases with increasing reaction temperature, catalyst concentration, and fatty acid-to-alcohol molar ratio. Shorter carbon chain lengths also enhanced esterification. A maximum esterification of 67.1 and 41.6% was observed for acetic and oleic acid, respectively. Esterification of both fatty acids with ethanol in the presence of Amberlyst 15 was determined to be a surface reaction limited. The reaction rate constant (k) for acetic acid esterification was determined to be 4.31/min according to the ER model (\(R^2 \ge 0.94\)), while oleic acid esterification was determined to be 0.263/min (\(R^{2} \ge 0.79\)) based upon the LHHW model.


Heterogeneous esterification Fatty acids Amberlyst 15 Surface reaction Reaction rate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (IESE), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (SCEE)National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)IslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering (DME)International Islamic University (IIU)IslamabadPakistan
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringOhio Northern UniversityAdaUSA

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