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Abstract

EXTRACTION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CASTOR SEED OIL (RICINUS COMMUNIS) FROM ISIALA MBANO, IMO STATE, NIGERIA

1Udeozo I. P., 1Okafor C.M., 1Chukwuemeka I.M. and 1Eze-Stephen P.E.

1Department of Chemical Sciences, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Tansian University Umunya (Oba Campus), Anambra State, Nigeria

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This work covers the extraction of oil from seed of (Ricinus communis) by solvent extraction using hexane. The oil extraction was also characterized and the results obtained were as follows: Free fatty acid value (7.20mg/g), Saponification value (178mg/g), Acid value (0.12mg/g), Iodine value (58 mg/g), specific gravity at 25oC (0.948g) and the pH value (5.776). The results obtained from this analysis showed that Ricinus communis oil can be used in the production of medicine, paints, varnishes, soap, shampoo, lubricants and fertilizers. Ricinus communis, pH value, Proximate analysis, Iodine value, Specific gravity and Solvent extraction.

Keywords: Ricinus communis, pH, medicine, fertilizers.


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