Buhari et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (2), pp. 022-026, March 2014. ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number: 1219131042 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2014.2.1219131042 Production of Biodiesel from Baobab Seed Oil *1M. Buhari, W. L. Danbature, M. M. Muzakir, and B. A. Abubakar Department of Chemistry, Gombe State University, P.M.B. 127, Gombe, Nigeria. *Corresponding Author’s Email: magaji.buhari @ yahoo.co.uk Abstract: Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly fuel for use in diesel engines. It can overcome the problem associated with fossil fuels such as its non-renewability, polluting nature and its global politics which is a matter of concern to many nations. In this research, biodiesel was produced from the seed oil of baobab (Adansonia digitata) with methanol in the ratio of 5:1 (v/v) of the oil to alcohol. After the crude oil extract was transesterified, the viscosity of the biodiesel was 0.859cm-2, the cloud, the pour, and the flash points obtained were 10oC, 20oC and 17oC respectively. From the results it was clear that the produced biodiesel fuel was within the recommended standards of the biodiesel fuel and so can be used as fossil fuel substitute. Keywords: Baobab seeds, Biodiesel, Free fatty acid, viscosity. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Reference: Cheng, SF, Choo, YM, Ma, AN, Chuah, CH, (2004). Kinetics Study on Transesterification of palm oil, J. of Palm oil Res., 16(2), p. 19-29. Diamond, PS and Denman, RF, (1973), Laboratory Techniques in Chemistry and Biochemistry: p 152-154.Butterworth and Co (South Africa) Ltd. Durban: Fatty Acid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2009. Retrieved on 16/10/2009. Freedman, B and Pryde, EH, (1986). Fatty esters from vegetable oils for use as a diesel fuel. In Vegetable oil fuels- Proceedings of the Int. Conf. on plant and vegetable oil as fuels, p. 117-122, Fargo, ND, 2-4 August. St. Joseph, MI:ASAE. Jatropha-wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, 2008. Retrieved on 8/7/2008. Kyari MZ, (2008). Extruction and Characterization of seed oils. International Agrophysics, 22, 139 – 142. Cooks L. V. and C. Van Rede (eds) (1997). Laboratory Handbook, for oil and fat analysis (Eds L.V Cooks and C. Van Rede). Mondala, A, Liang, K, Toghiani, H and Hernandez, R, (2009). Biodiesel production by in situ Transesterification of municipal primary and secondary sludges. Bioresource Technology 100, 1203–1210. Elsevier Ltd.