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Analysis of Oxidative Deterioration of Biodiesel Fuel

Methyl esters of saturated/unsaturated higher aliphatic acids (FAMEs) and a FAME of waste cooking oil (WCOME) were heated at 120°C in an air gas flow. The samples were analyzed before and after heating, using six different methods including electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. As a result, the samples after heating were found to contain low molecular weight aliphatic compounds and oligomers of the FAME. Based on the chemical structure of these oxidation products, reaction schemes were proposed for the deterioration of FAMEs. In addition, two unsaturated FAMEs containing 2,6-di-t-butyl-p-cresol (BHT) were similarly heated and analyzed to examine the effect of BHT on the oxidation of these FAME.
Technical Paper

Twenty-Year Review of Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites at Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.

More than twenty years have passed since we invented polymer-clay nanocomposites (PCN), in which only a few wt.-% of silicate is randomly and homogeneously dispersed in the polymer matrix. When molded, these nanocomposites show superior properties compared to pristine polymers such as tensile strength, tensile modulus, heat distortion temperature, gas barrier property, and so on. The number of papers on PCN has increased rapidly in recent years, reaching over 500 only in 2005. As the pioneers of the new technology, we will review its history highlighting our works. Epoch-making events of PCN are as follows: In 1985, The first PCN, nylon 6-clay hybrid (NCH), was invented. In 1987, NCH was first presented at the ACS Fall Meetings. In 1989, NCH was presented at the MRS Fall Meetings, firing PCN. In 1989, Toyota launched cars equipped with a NCH part. In 1996, Clay was found to cause a memory effect in liquid crystals.
Technical Paper

Development of Deodorant Filter for Diesel Smell

One of typical outcome of the desire for increasing passenger comfort is that especially for deodorant efficiency. Since customers are becoming so sensitive about cabin odor, development of more effective deodorant filter is strongly required. Out side of vehicle, which most being disliked is diesel odor, therefore, analysis on this diesel gas and investigation to identity the ingredient for the main cause of the strong odor were executed, and found that acetaldehyde gas is the one. Therefore, identification of the chemical that adsorb acetaldehyde gas with being impregnated in activated carbon was required, since activated carbon itself does not have ability of adsorbing acetaldehyde gas, and finally found appropriate chemical, vitamin Bx. At the end of this report, sensory evaluation result by twenty panelists with deodorant type cabin air filter impregnated with vitamin Bx, and its efficiency for deodorant will be shown at the end of this report.