Functional mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the selective sequestration of fatty acids
The use of seed and/or algae oil is an attractive alternative feedstock for the biofuels industry. Currently methods to sequester free fatty acids (FFAs) are expensive, but using mesoporous silica nanoparticles may provide a fast, efficient, and cost effective way to selectively sequester the FFAs from feedstock oils. The goal of this project is to illuminate why functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles are able to sequester certain FFAs. Presented here is the parameterization and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of various common saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated FFAs. ...
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