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ISRN Organic Chemistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 873046, 7 pages
Research Article

Synthesis of Azidohydrin from Hura crepitans Seed Oil: A Renewable Resource for Oleochemical Industry and Sustainable Development

1Department of Chemical Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Redeemer's University, Ogun, Mowe 3005, Nigeria
2Abteilung der Physikalischer Chemie, Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
3Centre for Lipid Research, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad 500 007, India

Received 17 July 2012; Accepted 16 August 2012

Academic Editors: M. D'Auria and D. Sémeril

Copyright © 2012 Adewale Adewuyi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The replacement of petrochemicals by oleochemical feedstocks in many industrial and domestic applications has resulted in an increase in demand for biobased products and as such recognizing and increasing the benefits of using renewable materials. In line with this, the oil extracted from the seed of Hura crepitans was characterized by an iodine value of  g Iodine/100 g and a saponification number of  mg KOH/g with the dominant fatty acid being C18:2 ( %). The epoxidised fatty acid methyl esters prepared from the oil were used to synthesise the azidohydrin with a yield of 91.20%. The progress of the reaction was monitored and confirmed using FTIR and NMR. This showed the seed oil of Hura crepitans as a renewable resource that can be used to make valuable industrial and domestic products.