Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science (GARJAS) ISSN: 2315-5094
February 2014 Vol. 3(2): pp. 063-066
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Full Length Research Paper
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
Accepted 14 November, 2013
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.