Journal article

Efficient degumming of crude canola oil using ultrafiltration membranes and bio derived solvents

MH Abdellah, CA Scholes, L Liu, SE Kentish

Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies | Elsevier BV | Published : 2020


Vegetable oils derived from rapeseed and its genetic variant canola, are conventionally extracted from oilseeds by means of an organic solvent, typically hexane. Concerns regarding the toxicity of hexane have meant safer and more environmentally friendly solvents such as terpenes are becoming attractive. In this research, the degumming of canola oil/terpene mixtures using ultrafiltration is considered as a critical step in such an extraction process. Polysulfone (PSF) and polyethersulfone (PES) membranes were found to be ineffective in this application, as the oil appeared to cause swelling of the membrane structure. This meant that the original flux could not be restored after cleaning. Con..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

M. H. Abdellah acknowledges the University of Melbourne for the Melbourne Research Scholarship and Alexandria University for financial support. L. Liu and S.E. Kentish acknowledge funding support from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Program (DP150100977). The authors acknowledge Windermere Oilseeds for supplying crude canola oil samples. The authors acknowledge Jasol for providing the enzyme cleaning solutions.