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Published: Kem. Ind. 72 (3-4) (2023) 187–192
Paper reference number: KUI-52/2022
Paper type: Original scientific paper
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Physical and Chemical Properties of Selected Sample of Castor Oil, Ricinus communis L.

Š. Mandal


The seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis L.) are commonly used for obtaining castor oil that has various use in several industries, such as chemical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and other industrial sectors. It is utilised for the production of care products, such as soaps and shampoo, lubricants, plastics, etc. Previous research has shown the benefits of using castor oil as a biodiesel and a renewable energy source. The aim of this work was to determine the physical and chemical properties of castor oil. Physical and chemical properties of selected sample of castor oil were analysed according to standard analytical methods for fats and oils. The results of analysis showed that castor oil, due to its physical and chemical properties, has a potential and relevance in cosmetic and pharmaceutical application. It can be used as raw material in different formulations, as well as for production of valuable co-products, such as glycerol.

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castor oil, chemical parameters, physical parameters