Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094

February 2014 Vol. 3(2): pp. 063-066

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Assessment of saponification as a simple method for the preparation of glycerol

Stephen Shaibu Ochigbo

 

Department of Chemistry, School of Natural and Applied Science, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

Email: stephen_ochigbo@yahoo.com;  stephenochigbo@futminna.edu.ng;  Tel: +234 (0)8132286172

Accepted 14 November, 2013

 

Abstract

Gycerol is very important industrially as it is used in the manufacturing of a wide array of commercially useful products such as confectionery, beverages, soaps and cosmetics, paints, lubricants, dynamite, etc. In this work, alkali-hydrolysis of groundnut oil (saponification) was employed to prepare glycerol which was then subsequently characterized. The results obtained show that the parameters of the glycerol compare favourably with pure glycerol in the literature. The method is recommended because it is simple, cheap and gives rise to product that can easily be separated out clean.

Keywords: Alkali-catalysed hydrolysis; Glycerol; Groundnut oil; Saponification.

 

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