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Vegetable Oils as a Source of Wax Ester: Extraction and Transesterification

Author Affiliations

  • 1North Lakhimpur Autonomous College, North Lakhimpur-787001, Assam, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 6, Issue (1), Pages 69-72, January,18 (2016)


Waxes are long chain esters that are derived from fatty acids and alcohols with chain lengths of 12 carbons or more. Synthesis of wax esters by chemical-catalyzed method has many disadvantages, such as corrosive acids required, hazards in handling, high energy consumption and degradation of synthesized esters. Hence, attention has been diverted to synthesis of wax esters from natural products which are reported to be environment friendly. Natural wax ester can be extracted from animals and plant materials such as beeswax, sperm whale, jojoba seeds, sheep wool, seafowl feathers etc. The present study was undertaken to examine the oil content in naturally available plant seeds, i.e. Annona reticulate, Parkia timoriana and Citrus reticulata and synthesize wax esters through transesterification reaction.


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