Volume No. 6 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 715-720 Jan-Mar 12

 

STUDIES ON EXTRACTION OF SUGARCANE WAX FROM PRESS MUD OF SUGAR FACTORIES FROM KOLHAPUR DISTRICT, MAHARASHTRA

 

Bhosale P. R., Chonde Sonal G. and Raut P. D.*

Department of Environmental Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 25, 2011

 

ABSTRACT

 

Press mud is a rejected waste material of sugarcane industries causes problem of pollution to surrounding of sugar mills on its accumulation. Present work deals with the development of method for the isolation and analysis of wax from press mud waste of the sugar industries from Kolhapur district. The crude wax is extracted by using toluene and benzene solvents and pure wax is obtained by giving treatment of isopropyl alcohol. The physico- chemical testing was carried out for characterization of isolated microwax. The yield of wax found from toluene solvent was 5.40 % - 5.60 % and from benzene solvent was 6.9 % - 7.4 %. The color of crude wax was brownish green while the pure wax was light yellow in colour. The Acid value, Saponification value and Iodine values were 4.99 - 5.95, 202.6 - 263.8, and 22.64 -29.27 mg/g respectively.

 

Keywords : Sugar industries, Press mud, Toluene, Benzene, Wax

 

 

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