The new OPEC

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Publication details

Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2012 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2012
DatePublished - 20 Aug 2012
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


Citrus peels are an ideal feedstock for their use in integrated, resource focused biorefinery activity for the production of high-value bio-chemicals, bio-fuels and bio-materials. Pectin and D-limonene, can be produced together with a rare form of mesoporous cellulose in a single step, without use of added acid, using a low temperature microwave hydrothermal processing of orange peel. A process temperature change enables the conversion of D-limonene to α-terpineol, showing that this process not only enables the separation of the major components but also adds further value to the citrus industry through the production of high-value marketable products.

    Research areas

  • α-terpineol, D-limonene, Microwave technology, Orange/citrus peel waste, Pectin

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