Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Biodiesel Production

Biodiesel can be made from any vegetable oil or animal fat through a chemical reaction called transesterification. Through this chemical reaction, long hydrocarbon chain (fatty acids) can be isolated, and later refined, to create a biodegradable, non-toxic, non-flammable, drop-in replacement for petroleum diesel fuel. 

Loyola students are hard at work developing a Zero Waste Production Process while producing biodiesel for sale and maintaining the highest product quality. Additionally, the Searle Biodiesel Lab serves as a resource center for other education programs and small-scale biodiesel producers.

Check out some of our online resources, or reach out with more specific/detailed questions:

Biodiesel Production Calculator Used Cooking Oil Donations
Lesson Plans Zero Waste Production Model
Video Overview of Program Processor Plans (Education)

Our Biodiesel Processor Through The Years