American Journal of Applied Sciences

Immobilization of Lipase from Candida rugosa on Chitosan Beads for Transesterification Reaction

M. Nasratun, H. A. Said, A. Noraziah and A.N. Abd Alla

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2009.1653.1657

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 9

Pages 1653-1657

Abstract

Problem statement: Further study is recommended to improve the immobilization technique and the immobilized lipase’s performance as catalysis in transesterification reaction. Approach: To investigate the ability of immobilized lipase on chitosan beads to catalyze the transesterification of cooking oil to an ester. The porous bead of chitosan was used for immobilization of lipase from Candida rugosa by physical adsorption. Parameters like reaction time and oil to methanol molar ratios were studied to compare the transesterification performance between free lipase and immobilized lipase. Results: The experimental result showed that the maximum conversion of ester using immobilized lipase and free lipase were 72.25 and 76.5% respectively which was obtained at conditions of 1:4 molar ratios and reaction time of 48 h. Conclusion: Even though the conversion of ester was higher in free lipase than in immobilized lipase, it is still feasible to use immobilized lipase to catalyze the transesterification process provided it’s easier to separate the end product and high potential to be reused. Immobilize lipase also tolerated the water content of oil and increases product yield by avoiding the soap formation.

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© 2009 M. Nasratun, H. A. Said, A. Noraziah and A.N. Abd Alla. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.