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Optimization of palm-based wax esters production using statistical experimental designs

Keng, Pei Sin and Basri, Mahiran and Abdul Rahman, Mohd Basyaruddin and Salleh, Abu Bakar and Raja Abdul Rahman, Raja Noor Zaliha and Ariff, Arbakariya (2005) Optimization of palm-based wax esters production using statistical experimental designs. Journal of Oleo Science, 54 (10). pp. 519-528. ISSN 1345-8957; ESSN: 1347-3352

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Wax esters, one of the important ingredients in cosmetic industry, are long-chain esters that exhibit wetting behavior with non-greasy feeling. Wax esters derived from long chain fatty acids and long chain alcohols with chain lengths of 12 carbons or more. These compounds have many potential applications in cosmetics, pharmaceutical and food industries. The present work focuses on the scale-up synthesis of wax esters by alcoholysis of palm oil (PO) with oleyl alcohol (OA) using Lipozyme in a bioreactor. Response surface methodology (RSM) and a 5-level-5-factor central composite rotatable design were adopted to evaluate the effects of synthesis parameters, such as temperature (40-60°C), amount of enzyme (14-22% by weight of PO), amount of palm oil (80-240 mmol), amount of oleyl alcohol (240-720 mmol) and impeller speed (100-400 rpm) on the percentage yield of palm-based wax esters. Based on Design Expert Software (version 6.0.4), optimum alcoholysis conditions were: temperature, 50.4°C, amount of enzyme, 16.0% by weight of palm oil, amount of palm oil, 200.0 mmol, amount of oleyl alcohol, 600.0 mmol, palm oil/oleyl alcohol ratio, 3:1 and impeller speed, 242.1 rpm. The corresponding predicted value of percentage yield and productivity was 91.5% and 106.4 mmol/h respectively compared to the actual experimental value 92.3% yields and 110.8 mmol/h productivity.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Wax ester; Palm oil; Lipozyme; Scale-up; Alcoholysis; Response surface methodology
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Science
Publisher:Japan Oil Chemists' Society
DOI Number:10.5650/jos.54.519
ID Code:7079
Deposited By: Erni Suraya Abdul Aziz
Deposited On:08 Jun 2010 11:32
Last Modified:20 Oct 2015 09:09

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