Synthesis of eco-friendly detergent based on crude palm oil and titania nanoparticles

P. P. Wulandari, M. T. Adiwibowo, A. S. Redjeki, M. Ibadurrohman, Slamet

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In this work, we report the synthesis of eco-friendly detergent from crude palm oil and titania. Crude palm oil was converted into methyl ester sulfonate through esterification, transesterification and followed by sulfonation process. As-produced methyl ester sulfonate was characterized with Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (LCMS) and surface tension analysis. Detergents were synthesized by dispersing titania nanoparticles into methyl ester sulfonate solution, forming a nanofluid. Stability and detergency of the nanofluidic detergents were then evaluated. The results showed that the nanofluid detergents were stable in the presence of 0.1 wt % titania and the photocatalytic activity of titania nanoparticles improved the ability of nanofluidic detergents to remove dirt as well as degrading the surfactant residues in the laundry waste stream.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2394-2396
Number of pages3
JournalAsian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Cleaning agent
  • Eco-friendly detergent
  • Methyl ester sulfonate
  • Nanofluid
  • Titania


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