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ERIC Number: EJ1079221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Organic Chemistry and the Native Plants of the Sonoran Desert: Conversion of Jojoba Oil to Biodiesel
Daconta, Lisa V.; Minger, Timothy; Nedelkova, Valentina; Zikopoulos, John N.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n10 p1741-1744 Oct 2015
A new, general approach to the organic chemistry laboratory is introduced that is based on learning about organic chemistry techniques and research methods by exploring the natural products found in local native plants. As an example of this approach for the Sonoran desert region, the extraction of jojoba oil and its transesterification to biodiesel are presented. The oil of jojoba seeds contains a large quantity of wax esters that are smoothly converted to biodiesel using various methods. The biodiesel is isolated using preparative thin layer chromatography, and infrared and NMR spectroscopies are used to evaluate the product. Either traditional expository ("cookbook") or guided inquiry approaches may be used.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1140887