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Extraction and characterization of Hemp Seeds oil

Grant number: 18/24497-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2019
Effective date (End): May 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Industries
Principal researcher:Fábio Rodolfo Miguel Batista
Grantee:Gabriel Salzer Martins
Home Institution: Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Lorena , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The growing interest in alternative vegetable sources to obtain raw materials used for the production of biofuels, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, among others, has driven research and the study of a greater diversity of vegetables and residues for this purpose. With regard to biofuels, especially biodiesel production, alternative sources of vegetable oil may contribute to minimizing the food vs. fuel dilemma, so much discussed today. Therefore, this proposal aims to study the extraction and characterization of the oil from Hemp Seeds by solvent extraction (sohxlet - ethanol and n-hexane) and ultrasonic-assisted extraction, evaluating the feasibility of the use of this raw material in biodiesel production. Hemp Seeds, are seeds from the Cannabis sativa plant, without the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the hallucinogenic active principle of marijuana, with a high lipid content (between 25 and 40% of its weight dry), standing out as a potential source of triglycerides for the production of biofuel.

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