AJAC  Vol.3 No.12 A , December 2012
Extraction and Characterization of Oil from Moringa oleifera Using Supercritical CO2 and Traditional Solvents

The present work presents a first characterization of the oil from the Moringa (Moringa oleifera) kernel as a potential candidate for biodiesel production. Moringa is an indigenous tree in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, where there is a nascent biodiesel industry. Several extraction methods are compared in terms of the extraction yields, including solvent extraction (n-hexane and ethanol), and supercritical extraction (Sc-CO2). The results are also compared against previ- ously reported data. For supercritical extraction pressures of 200 to 400 bar and temperatures of 40℃ and 60 were tested. Gas Chromatography analysis reveals that the main fatty acids in Moringa oil are oleic acid (69%), palmitic acid (10%), and stearic acid (8%).

Cite this paper: J. Palafox, A. Navarrete, J. Sacramento-Rivero, C. Rubio-Atoche, P. Escoffie and J. Rocha-Uribe, "Extraction and Characterization of Oil from Moringa oleifera Using Supercritical CO2 and Traditional Solvents," American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 3 No. 12, 2012, pp. 946-949. doi: 10.4236/ajac.2012.312A125.

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