BioEnergy Research

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 214–223 | Cite as

Preparation and Evaluation of Jojoba Oil Methyl Esters as Biodiesel and as a Blend Component in Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

  • Shailesh N. ShahEmail author
  • Brajendra K. Sharma
  • Bryan R. Moser
  • Sevim Z. Erhan


The jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis L.) produces seeds that contain around 50 to 60 wt.% of inedible long-chain wax esters that are suitable as a potential feedstock for biodiesel (BD) production. Jojoba oil methyl esters (JME) were prepared from acid-catalyzed pretreated jojoba oil in order to evaluate important fuel properties of jojoba-based BD, including kinematic viscosity, cloud point (CP), pour point (PP), cold filter plugging point (CFPP), acid value (AV), oxidative stability, and lubricity. A comparison was made with soybean oil methyl esters (SME) and relevant BD fuel standards such as ASTM D6751 and EN 14214. JME was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance. The CP, PP, and CFPP of JME were −13°C, −16°C, and −14°C, respectively, which were superior to SME. The kinematic viscosity (40°C) of JME was 6.67 mm2/s, which was higher than observed for SME. Blends (B5 and B20) of JME in ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD) were also evaluated for the aforementioned fuel properties and compared to an analogous set of blends of SME in ULSD and relevant petro diesel fuel standards such as ASTM D975 and D7467. JME blends in ULSD displayed improved low-temperature properties in comparison to neat ULSD and blends of SME in ULSD. In summary, jojoba oil has potential as an alternative, nonfood feedstock for BD production.


Biodiesel Blends Diesel Jojoba oil Simmondsia chinensis 



American Oil Chemists' Society


acid-catalyzed pretreatment


acid-catalyzed pretreated jojoba oil


American Society for Testing and Materials


acid value




cloud point


cold filter plugging point


free fatty acid


fatty acid methyl ester


flame ionization detector


induction period


iodine value


jojobyl alcohol


jojoba oil methyl esters


jojoba oil


oxidation onset temperature


pressurized differential scanning calorimetry


pour point


refined, bleached, and deodorized


soybean oil


soybean oil methyl esters


signal maximum temperature




ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel


Simmondsia chinensis, commonly known as jojoba, is a perennial shrub belonging to the Simmondsiaceae family that is native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts of Mexico, California, and Arizona. Jojoba is unique in that the lipid content of the seeds, which is between 45 and 55 wt.%, is in the form of long-chain esters of fatty acids (FA) and alcohols (wax esters) as opposed to triacylglycerols (TAG) encountered in other vegetable oils and animal fats [1, 2]. The fatty acid component of jojoba wax esters primarily consists of eiconenoic, erucic, and oleic acids with cis-11-eicosen-1-ol and cis-13-docosen-1-ol principally composing the alcohol component [2]. Jojoba oil (JO) is currently used in cosmetics and hair care products, as well as a feedstock for lubricant and additive applications, as the viscosity index of JO is much higher than that of petroleum oil [3, 4, 5, 6]. In addition, other uses of jojoba include diverse areas such as pharmaceutical, polishing, and gardening applications [7].

Biodiesel (BD), an alternative fuel composed of monoalkyl esters of long-chain FA prepared from renewable vegetable oils or animal fats [8], has attracted considerable interest as a substitute or blend component for conventional petroleum diesel fuel (petrodiesel). BD is prepared in the United States primarily from transesterification of soybean oil (SO) [9, 10]. Other feedstocks such as animal fats, used cooking oils, and canola oil may also be used where available. As a result of the high cost of SO, other nonfood feedstocks for BD production have attracted considerable attention. The reaction conditions for the production of BD from JO have been studied using response surface methodology by Bouaid et al. [1]. In addition, selected physical properties of JME have been reported [2], along with indirect-injection (diesel) engine emissions characteristics [11].

The objective of the current study was to prepare JME from JO, to measure important fuel properties such as kinematic viscosity, cloud point (CP), pour point (PP), cold filter plugging point (CFPP), cetane number (CN), acid value (AV), oil stability (IP), and lubricity, and to compare these results with important BD standards such as the ASTM method D6751 [8] and the European Committee for Standardization method EN 14214 [12]. Furthermore, comparison of the properties of JME with SME was of interest. In order to reduce regulated exhaust emissions by 90%, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated the highway diesel rule in 2006. According to this rule, “sulfur content of highway diesel fuel should be reduced from 500 to 15 ppm.” This reduced sulfur content diesel fuel is known as ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD, S < 15 ppm) fuel [13]. Thus, lower sulfur diesel fuels reduce emissions of sulfur compounds (a cause of acid rain) and a major reason for reducing sulfur levels is to avoid poisoning of catalysts responsible for reducing these exhaust emissions species [14].

The impact of hydrodesulfurization on lubricity and low-temperature properties of petrodiesel was significant due to reduced sulfur content as well as nitrogen, oxygen, olefinic content, and aromatic content of ULSD [15]. Therefore, to understand the effect of JME on lubricity and low-temperature properties of ULSD, blends of JME in ULSD at 5 vol.% (B5) and 20 vol.% (B20) were prepared and evaluated for the above-mentioned properties and compared to the corresponding blends of SME in ULSD and relevant petrodiesel standards such as ASTM D975 [16] and D7467 [17].

Materials and Methods


PNJ Golden JO without commercial additives was purchased from Purcell Jojoba International (Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA) and used after acid-catalyzed pretreatment (APT). Refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD) SO without commercial additives was purchased from KIC Chemicals (New Platz, NY, USA) and used as received. ULSD was donated by a major petrochemical company. Conductivity and corrosion inhibitor additives were added by the manufacturer to the ULSD, but no drag-reducing, lubricity, low-temperature, or antioxidant additives were present. Phytosterol standards, stigmasterol, and 5α-cholestane were purchased from Matreya (Pleasant Gap, PA, USA). Campesterol was purchased from Steraloids (Newport, RI, USA). β-Sitosterol and sitostanol were from Sigma-Aldrich (St. Louis, MO, USA). Each phytosterol standard has ≥97% purity. N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)fluoroacetamide with 1% trimethylchlorosilane (BSTFA + 1% TMCS) was purchased from Regis (Morton Grove, IL, USA). All other chemicals and reagents were obtained from Aldrich Chemical Company (Milwaukee, WI, USA) and used as received.

Infrared Spectroscopy

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra were recorded on a Thermo Nicolet Nexus 470 FTIR system (Madison, WI, USA) with a Smart ARK accessory containing a 45 ZeSe trough in a scanning range of 650–4,000 cm−1 for 32 scans at a spectral resolution of 4 cm−1.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra were recorded using a Bruker AV-500 spectrometer (Rheinstetten, Germany) operating at frequencies of 500.13 and 125.77 MHz, respectively, using a 5-mm broadband inverse Z-gradient probe in CDCl3 (Cambridge Isotope Laboratories, Andover, MA, USA) as solvent. Each spectrum was Fourier-transformed, phase-corrected, and integrated using the MestRe-C 2.3a (Magnetic Resonance Companion, Santiago de Compostela, Spain) software.

Acid-Catalyzed Pretreatment of Jojoba Oil

BD prepared with oil having higher AV (i.e., presence of free fatty acid) and base catalyst lead to soap formations and, consequently, increase in the formation of emulsions; this impacts on the yield of BD. Moreover, such BD also influence on certain physical properties of fuel. In order to overcome the above-mentioned short-falls, acid-catalyzed pretreatment of jojoba oil (APT-JO) was carried out as discussed below.

APT-JO was accomplished in a 1,000-mL three-necked round-bottom flask connected to a reflux condenser and a mechanical magnetic stirrer set to 1,200 rpm. Initially, JO (431 g, 500 mL, 0.732 mol) and methanol (175 mL, 5.47 mol) were added to the flask, followed by drop-wise addition of sulfuric acid (concentrated, 5 mL, 0.05 mol). The contents were then heated at reflux for 2 h. Upon cooling to room temperature (RT), the alcoholic phase was removed by gravity separation utilizing a separatory funnel. To remove residual methanol, the oil phase was washed with 5% sodium bicarbonate solution (three times) and distilled water (3 × 100 mL), followed by rotary evaporation under reduced pressure. Finally, treatment with magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) yielded dried and pretreated JO (427.4 g, 99.2 wt.%).

Transesterification of APT-JO

Transesterification of APT-JO with methanol (Fig. 1) was accomplished following the procedure elucidated by Canoria et al. [2]. Freshly cut sodium metal (0.736 g, 0.032 mol) was added to the methyl alcohol (39.5 g, 1.23 mol) and allowed to dissolve for 30 min. The methoxide solution was then poured over a mixture of JO (172.4 g, 0.293 mol) and methyl alcohol (78.7 g, 2.46 mol) and the mixture was heated at 65°C for 4 h with stirring (600 rpm) at reflux. Upon cooling to RT, the reaction mixture was neutralized with a drop-wise addition of concentrated HCl (2.8 mL, 0.032 mol) while stirring. The excess alcohol was removed in vacuo by rotary evaporation and the crude mixture was dried with sodium sulfate and filtered to yield a mixture of jojoba oil methyl ester (JME) and jojobyl alcohol (JA).
Fig. 1

Transesterification of jojoba oil (APT-JO) with methanol to yield JME and JA

Purification of Jojoba Oil Methyl Ester

The procedure used for the purification of JME was an adaptation of the method documented by Canoria et al. [2]. The mixture of JME and JA (43 g combined, 50 mL) was dissolved in petroleum ether (100 mL; boiling point = 30–60°C) and the solution was allowed to sit overnight (16 h) at approximately −15°C in a freezer. The solid JA was rapidly removed by a simple vacuum filtration apparatus. This procedure was repeated until no precipitate was noticed in the sample after 16 h at −15°C. The petroleum ether was then removed by rotary evaporation to afford purified JME.

Transesterification of Soybean Oil

Methanolysis of SO was accomplished following the procedure set forth by Freedman et al. [18] and Moser [19] with sodium methoxide catalyst (0.5 wt.% with respect to TAG), 6:1 mole ratio of methanol to TAG, 60°C internal reaction temperature, and 1.5 h reaction time. After sequential removal of glycerol by gravity separation and methanol by rotary evaporation, the crude methyl esters were washed with distilled water until a neutral pH was obtained. The ester phase was then dried by washing once with brine solution, followed by treatment with MgSO4 to yield purified and dried soybean oil methyl esters (SME) in essentially quantitative yield.

Fatty Ester Profile by GC

Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) were separated using a Varian (Walnut Creek, CA, USA) 8400 gas chromatograph (GC) equipped with an flame ionization detector (FID) detector and SP2380 (Supelco, Bellefonte, PA, USA) column (30 m × 0.25 mm i.d., 0.20 µm film thickness). Carrier gas was He at 1 mL/min. The oven temperature was held at 150°C for 15 min, increased to 210°C at 2°C/min, followed by an increase to 220°C at 50°C/min. The injector and detector temperatures were 240°C and 270°C, respectively. FAME peaks were identified by comparison to the retention times of known reference standards. Each FAME determination was run in triplicate and average values are reported.

Phytosterol Content by GC

Oils samples were saponified and phytosterols were extracted essentially as described by Dutta et al. [20, 21]. Phytosterols were manually injected onto a Varian 3400 GC equipped with an FID and a Supelco (Bellefonte, PA, USA) SPB™-1701 (30 m × 0.25 mm × 0.25 µm) capillary column. Helium was used as a carrier gas, with a 1:50 injector split. Injector temperature was 270°C, and detector temperature was 290°C. The column oven initial temperature was 250°C for 0.5 min, increased at 10°C/min to 270°C and held for 27 min, then increased at 10°C/min to 280°C and held for 3.5 min. Data collection and integration were performed using Varian Star Chromatography Software Version 5.3. Phytosterols were identified by comparison of their retention times (relative to the internal standard, 5α-cholestane) with those of commercially available standards. Phytosterols without commercially available standards, such as Δ5-avenasterol, were identified by their relative retention time compared to literature [20, 21] and by comparison with samples known to contain those phytosterols. Quantitation was carried out by the internal standard method developed with available standards. For phytosterols with no available commercial standard, the response factor for β-sitosterol was used for quantitation.

Low-Temperature Properties

CP (in degrees Celsius) and PP (in degrees Celsius) determinations were made in agreement with ASTM D5773 [22] and ASTM D5949 [23], respectively, using a Phase Technology Analyzer model PSA-70S (Richmond, BC, Canada). CP and PP are rounded to the nearest whole degree (in degrees Celsius). For a greater degree of accuracy, PP measurements were done with a resolution of 1°C instead of the specified 3°C increment. CFPP (in degrees Celsius) was determined in accordance with ASTM D6371 [24] utilizing an ISL Automatic CFPP Analyzer model FPP 5Gs (Houston, TX, USA). Each sample was run in triplicate and mean values are reported.

Kinematic Viscosity

Kinematic viscosity (υ, in square millimeters per second) was determined with Cannon-Fenske viscometers CT-1000 (Cannon Instrument, State College, PA, USA) at 40°C in accordance with ASTM D445 [25]. All experiments were run in triplicate and mean values are reported.


Lubricity data (lub, in micrometers) was collected at 60°C (controlled to less than ±1°C), according to ASTM D6079 [26] using a high-frequency reciprocating rig lubricity tester (PCS Instruments, London, England) via Lazar Scientific (Granger, IN, USA). Wear scars (in micrometers) are the average of two replicates, measuring the maximum value of the x-axis and y-axis of the wear scar. The average wear scar diameter was determined by calculating the average of the x-axis and y-axis wear scar lengths.

Acid Value

AV is a measure of free fatty acids (FFA) present in BD. AV (in milligrams of KOH per gram) titrations were performed as described in the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) official method Cd 3d-63 [27] using a Metrohm 836 Titrando (Westbury, NY, USA) autotitrator equipped with a model 801 stirrer, a Metrohm 6.0229.100 Solvotrode, and Tiamo 1.1 Light software. However, the standard method was modified for scale to use a larger scale of sample (2 g) and reagent (0.02 M KOH). The titration endpoint was determined by the instrument and visually verified using a phenolphthalein indicator. Each sample was run in triplicate and mean values are reported.

Iodine Value

The iodine value (IV) is a measure of the number of double bonds in the mixture of fatty acid chains in the BD. IV (in grams of I2 per 100 g) was calculated from the fatty acid profile according to the AOCS official method Cd 1c-85 [28].

Oxidative Stability

Induction period (IP, in hours) was measured in accordance with EN 14112 [29] utilizing a Metrohm USA (Riverview, FL, USA) model 743 Rancimat instrument. For BD (B100) samples, the flow rate of air through 3 ± 0.01 g of sample was 10 L/h and the block temperature was set to 110°C with a correction factor (ΔT) of 1.5°C. The glass conductivity-measuring vessel contained 50 ± 0.1 mL of distilled water. For BD samples blended with ULSD (B5 and B20), the flow rate of air through 7.5 ± 0.1 g of sample was 10 L/h with a block temperature of 110°C (ΔT = 1.5°C). The glass conductivity-measuring vessel contained 60 ± 0.1 mL of distilled water. Longer reaction vessels and gas inlet tubes that were provided by the manufacturer were used in the case of the blends to keep the ULSD from evaporating from the sample tube in the heating block during experimentation. Each sample was run in triplicate and mean values are reported. The IP was mathematically determined as the inflection point of a computer-generated plot of conductivity (in microsiemens per centimeter) of distilled water versus time (in hours). Experiments were terminated at 24 h.

Pressurized differential scanning calorimetry (PDSC) experiments were carried out using a PC-controlled DSC Q10 thermal analyzer from TA Instruments (New Castle, USA). The instrument has a maximum sensitivity of 5 mV cm−1 and temperature sensitivity of 0.2 mV cm−1. A 1.5- to 2.0-mg sample was placed in a hermetically sealed type aluminum pan with a pinhole lid for interaction of the sample with the reactant gas (dry air). The controlled diffusion of the gas through the hole greatly restricts the volatilization of the oil while still allowing for saturation of the liquid phase with air. A film thickness of less than 1 mm was required to ensure proper oil–air interaction and to eliminate any discrepancy in the result due to gas diffusion limitations. The module was first temperature calibrated using the melting point of indium metal (156.6°C) at 10°C/min heating rate. Dry air was pressurized in the module at a constant pressure of 1,378.95 kPa (200 psi) and a scanning rate of 10°C/min was used throughout the experiment. The onset temperature (OT, in degrees Celsius) and signal maximum temperature (SMT, in degrees Celsius) of oxidation were calculated from the exotherm in each case.

Derived Cetane Number

Derived cetane number (CN) was determined by the Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, TX, USA) utilizing an Ignition Quality Tester™ (IQT) in accordance to the ASTM standard D6890.32

Results and Discussion

Preparation of Jojoba Oil Methyl Esters

JME prepared by transesterification of JO (wax ester) with methanol (as shown in Fig. 1) was characterized by FTIR and NMR as shown in Table 1. As mentioned in the experimental section, at the conclusion of this preparation, a mixture of JME and JA was obtained. JME was separated from JA by an enhanced filtration method previously described [2] until no JA precipitate was noticed in a solution of JME in petroleum ether. However, the 1H-NMR spectrum of JME showed additional signals indicative of JA and JO at δ 3.63 and 4.00 ppm, respectively, at very low concentrations. By comparing the spectra of JME and JA, it was established that the proton signal at δ 3.63 ppm was due to protons attached to C2 of JA, while the signal at δ 4.00 ppm was due to protons attached to C21 of JO. Therefore, the ratio of these signals to the methoxy protons of JME (δ 3.66 ppm) was used to determine the purity of JME. The ratio of protons at 3.66, 3.63, and 4.06 ppm was 1.00:0.045:0.0.036 (93:4:3). From this ratio, it was determined that JME was a mixture of 93% JME, 4% JA, and 3% JO. Previous reports [2] obtained JME in 79% purity, indicating that our modification in JO pretreatment as well as the purification method resulted in higher-purity JME. SME was also prepared from SO (triglyceride) in high yield by homogenous, base-catalyzed transesterification with methanol (as shown in Fig. 2) following the literature procedure [18, 19]. SME was characterized by FTIR and NMR as shown in Table 1.
Table 1

NMR and FTIR data for JO, JA, JME and SME

Oil/methyl ester

FTIR (neat; cm−1)

1H NMR (500 MHz, CDCl3)

13C NMR (125 MHz, CDCl3)


3,004, 2,921, 2,852, 1,738, 1,464, 1,169, 721

δ 5.35 (t, 4H, C-11,12,29,30), 4.06 (t, 2H, C-21), 2.29 (t, 2H, C-2), 2.03 (q, 8H, C-10 13,28,31), 1.62 (t, 2H, C-3,22), 1.3 (brs, 33H, C 4,5,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,18, 19,23, 24, 25,26,27,32,33,34,35,36,37), 0.86 (t, 6H, C-20,38)

δ 173.91 (C-1), 129.90–129.85 (C-10-C11, C29-C30), 64.36 (C-21), 34.39 (C-2), 31.91 (C-18,C36), 29.77–29.17 (C-4,5,6,7,8,9, 14, 15,16,17, 24,25,26,27,28, 32,33,34,35), 28.67 (28,31), 27.21 (C-10,13), 25.95 (C23), 25.02 (C-3), 22.68 (C-19,C37), 14.08 (C-20,C38)


3,332, 3,004, 2,920, 2,852, 1,744, 1,464, 1,171, 1,056, 721

δ 5.35 (m, 2H, C-10,11), 3.63 (s, 2H, C-2), 2.02 (q, 4H, C-9,12), 1.56 (t, 2H, C-3), 1.27 (brs, 11H, C-4,5,6,7,8, 13, 14,15,16,17,18), 0.86 (t, 3H, C-19)

δ 129.9 (C-11), 129.8 (C-10), 63.0 (C-2), 32.8 (C-3), 31.9 (C-17), 29.8–29.3 (C-5,6,7,8,13,14,15,16), 27.2 (C-9,12), 24.9 (C-3), 25.8 (C-4), 22.7 (C-18), 14.0 (C-19)


3,004, 2,922, 2,852, 1,742, 1,463, 1,436, 1,170, 721

δ 5.34 (m, 2H, C-11,12), 3.66 (s, 3H, C-21), 2.30 (m, 2H, C-2), 2.01 (t, 4H, C-10,13), 1.62 (m, 2H, C-3), 1.30 (m, 24H, C-4,5,6,7,8,9,14,15, 16,17, 18,19), 0.86 (t, 3H, C-20)

δ 174.5 (C-1), 129.86 (C-12), 129.82 (C-11), 51.34 (C-21), 34.07 (C-2), 31.9 (C-18), 29.76–29.11 (C-4,5,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17), 27.19 (C-10,13), 24.94 (C-3), 22.6 (C-19), 14.06 (C-20)


3,009, 2,923, 2,854, 1,741, 1,459, 1,435, 1,361, 1,244, 1,195, 1,170, 1,121, 1,016, 913, 883, 844, 722

δ 5.36 (m, 2H, vinyl), 3.67 (s, 3H, –OCH3), 2.78 (m, 2H, bis-allylic), 2.31 (t, 2H, allylic), 2.05 (m, 2H, α to ester), 1.63 (m, 2H, β to ester), 1.29 (m, 28H, methylene), 0.90 (t, 3H, terminal methyl)

Fig. 2

Transesterification of TAG to yield fatty acid alkyl esters (BD)

Fatty Acid Composition

The fatty acid profiles of JME and SME oils are shown in Table 2. The main FA found in JO is gondoic acid (C20:1, 59.5%), with erucic (C22:1, 12.3%), oleic (C18:1, 10.7%), and arachidonic (20:4, 9.1%) acids noticed in considerable amounts. Other minor FA found included docotetrasenoic (C22:4, 3.7%), nervonic (C24:1, 1.7%), and palmitic (C16:0, 1.2%) acids. The average molecular weight (MW) of JME was 325.38 g/mol, which was calculated from the FA profile.
Table 2

Fatty acid compositions (in weight percent) of JME and SME

Fatty acida

Name of fatty acid























16:1 Δ9




18:1 Δ9




18:1 Δ11




20:1 Δ11




22:1 Δ13




24:1 Δ15




18:2 Δ9, 12




18:3 Δ9, 12, 15




20:4 Δ5, 8, 11, 14




22:4 Δ7, 10, 13, 16




Unknown (sum)



∑ satb



∑ monounsatc



∑ polyunsatd



aThe first number indicates the length of the fatty acid chain and the second the number of double bonds (all cis) with Δ signifying the location of the double bond(s)

b∑ sat = 14:0 + 16:0 + 18:0 + 20:0 + 22:0

c∑ monounsat = 16:1 + 18:1 + 20:1 + 22:1 + 24:1

d∑ polyunsat = 18:2 + 18:3 + 20:4 + 22:4

The main FA found in SME was linoleic acid (C18:2, 52.4%), with oleic (C18:1, 22.1%) and palmitic (C16:0, 11.4%) acids also noticed in considerable amounts. Other minor FA included linolenic (C18:3, 7.4%), stearic (C18:0, 3.9%), and vaccenic (C18:1 Δ11, 1.6%) acids. This result was in agreement with previous reports on the SME FA profile [15, 19]. The average MW of SME was 292.46 g/mol, which was calculated from the FA profile.

Phytosterol Content

Table 3 shows the phytosterol content and composition of JO and SO. The primary phytosterol detected in JO was sitosterol (2.62 mg/g), which comprised 71% of the total phytosterol content. The phytosterol content of JO was in agreement with values reported by Van Boven et al. [30]; and the phytosterol content of JO is within the range of most vegetable oils. The principle phytosterol found in SO was also sitosterol (2.09 mg/g), which represents 49% of the total content of phytosterol [31].
Table 3

Phytosterol (in milligrams per gram) content of JO and RBD SO




0.65 (0.01)

0.94 (0.04)


0.29 (0.0)

0.69 (0.02)


2.62 (0.03)

2.09 (0.07)



0.06 (0.01)


0.15 (0.0)

0.15 (0.01)



0.24 (0.01)



0.13 (0.01)

∑ phyto

3.71 (0.04)

4.29 (0.11)

Values in parentheses are the standard deviation from the reported mean

∑ phyto sum of all phytosterols

aData from reference [31]

Low-Temperature Properties

JME shows the best low-temperature properties, as indicated by CP and PP values of −13°C and −16°C versus 0°C and −3°C for SME (Table 4). The same trend was observed for CFPP where JME showed a value of −14°C versus −4°C for SME. This may be due to the comparatively low saturated FA present in JME (1.4 wt.%; Table 2) in comparison to SME (15.9 wt.%; Table 2). The presence of more saturated FA esters deteriorates the low-temperature properties. This observation is in agreement with previous work where a statistically significant relationship between saturated FA content and low-temperature operability was discussed [19].
Table 4

Physical properties of JO and SO, and JME and SME


ASTM D6751

EN 142124






CP, °C


8 (1)

7 (1)

−13 (1)

−7 (1)

0 (1)

PP, °C

5 (1)

4 (1)

−16 (1)

−9 (1)

−3 (1)



20 (1)

20 (1)

−14 (1)


−4 (1)

Lub, µm

151 (9)

217 (3)

165 (6)

124 (2)

135 (5)

υ, mm2/s



25.00 (0.01)

21.06 (0.03)

6.67 (0.02)

31.49 (0.03)

4.12 (0.01)

IP, h

3.0 min

6.0 min

60 (3)

34 (1)

0.35 (0.03)

8.3 (0.2)

5.0 (0.1)


0.50 max

0.50 max

0.68 (0.1)

0.06 (0.02)

1.37 (0.02)

0.03 (0.03)

0.01 (0.01)

OT, °C

188 (0.2)

184 (0.5)

176 (0.7)

180 (0.5)

179 (0.8)


208 (0.2)

206 (0.4)

202 (0.3)

196 (0.2)

193 (0.5)


47 min

51 min





120 max






Values in parenthesis are standard deviations from the reported means (n = 3 and n = 2 in the case of lubricity)

JO jojoba oil, APT-JO jojoba oil after pretreatment, APT-JME jojoba oil methyl esters after pretreatment, RBD SO refined, bleached, and deodorized soybean oil, SME soybean oil methyl esters, CP cloud point, PP pour point, CFPP cold filter plugging point, Lub lubricity (60°C), υ kinematic viscosity (40°C), IP oil stability index (110°C), AV acid value, OT oxidation onset temperature, SMT signal maximum temperature, CN cetane number, IV iodine value

aVaries according to location and time of year

bTest not conducted due to the high viscosity of RBD SO

cPlease see reference no. [42]

dDue to the wax ester nature of JO, IV was not calculated

The low-temperature properties of JME and SME blended at 5 and 20 vol.% with ULSD were measured (Table 5). Both the 5% and 20% blends of JME and SME in ULSD had negligible impact on the CP, PP, and CFPP of ULSD. This result demonstrates that both JME and SME can be blended with ULSD without any major impact on the ULSD low-temperature properties.
Table 5

Physical properties of JME and SME blended at 5 and 20 vol.% with ULSD



ASTM D7467






BD, vol.%








CP, °C


−18 (1)

−15 (1)

−16 (1)

−16 (1)

−12 (1)

PP, °C

−23 (0)

−25 (1)

−22 (1)

−21 (0)

−17 (1)


−16 (1)

−16 (0)

−17 (1)

−16 (0)

−16 (1)

Lub, µm

520 max

520 max

493 (14)

320 (7)

198 (4)

222 (8)

143 (4)

υ, mm2/s



2.34 (0.01)

2.45 (0.01)

2.37 (0.01)

2.96 (0.01)

2.54 (0.01)

IP, h

6.0 min


21.1 (6.0)


17 (2)

17.1 (0.2)


0.3 max

0.02 (0.02)

0.02 (0.02)

0.01 (0.01)

0.16 (0.01)

0.01 (0.01)

OT, °C

198 (0.4)

194 (0.2)

198 (0.4)

188 (0.2)

196 (0.1)


213 (0.5)

211 (0.5)

210 (0.9)

208 (0.9)

207 (0.4)

Values in parenthesis are standard deviations from the reported means (n = 3 and n = 2 in the case of lubricity)

CP cloud point, PP pour point, CFPP cold filter plugging point, Lub lubricity (60°C), υ kinematic viscosity (40°C), IP oil stability index (110°C), AV acid value, OT oxidation onset temperature, SMT signal maximum temperature

Interestingly, JO showed the opposite trend in low-temperature properties (CP, PP, and CFPP) compared to SO. This reverse trend in oil may be due to long-chain fatty acid and fatty alcohol of JO.


It is known that fuels containing heteroatom such as S exhibit higher lubricities; however, removal of S compounds also removes compounds with O and N from petrodiesel, which are the actual lubricity-imparting species [32]. Fuels based on vegetable monoesters also show better lubricity compared to petrodiesel, as fatty compounds contain more polarity-imparting O atoms [32]. Prescher et al. [33] reported that fuels producing wear scars of 460 µm or shorter at 60°C in a diesel engine are acceptable for practical use.

Lubricity data for JME and SME is displayed in Table 4. Both JME and SME showed wear scars <165 µm and their B5 and B20 blends in ULSD showed wear scars <320 µm (Tables 4 & 5). These results are far better than ASTM D975 as well as EN 590 standards requirement which are 520 and 460 µm maximum, respectively. Based on previous studies [15], it was expected that both blends should show better lubricity than that of neat ULSD. Lubricity data shown in Table 4 are consistent with this expectation.

Kinematic Viscosity

The reason why vegetable oil by itself has been largely abandoned for use as BD fuel is due to kinematic viscosity [34]. JO and SO kinematic viscosities are nearly the same (Table 4). However, SME shows lower viscosity compared to JME by ~2 mm2 s−1 at 40°C. As previously mentioned, the higher polyunsaturated FAME content of SME versus JME may in part explain this result, as it is known that polyunsaturation lowers kinematic viscosity [35]. In addition, the presence of long-chain fatty alcohols and residual JO in JME may also contribute to the higher kinematic viscosity of JME. The kinematic viscosities of the B5 and B20 blends of JME as well as SME in ULSD are shown in Table 5. Both blend series satisfied the ASTM D975 and D7467 standards, with JME blends exhibiting slightly elevated viscosities in comparison to SME blends.

Iodine Value

SME showed higher IV than that of JME. This may be due to the higher polyunsaturated content of SME (Table 2). The IV of SME (130) was higher than the maximum limit specified in EN 14214 (<120), whereas JME was below this limit (108). The American BD standard, ASTM D6751, does not specify limits for IV.

Oxidative Stability

JO showed the highest IP of 60 h, while SO showed only 5 h (Table 4). The higher IP of JO is attributed to the resonance effect along the linear chain of 38 to 44 carbons. The double bonds are widely separated and are more or less equidistant from the central ester linkage. These bonds are considered inaccessible and their shared electrons are well protected against oxidation. However, in the case of vegetable oils such as SO, typically having 60% polyunsaturated FA, the double bonds are in close proximity. Due to this close proximity, these double bonds are highly susceptible towards oxidation [36, 37]. JME showed lower IP compared to SME (Table 4). This might be due to the lower amount of saturated FAME in JME compared to SME as well as the decrease in the long chain of JO to half in the case of JME, thus making the double bond more accessible for oxidation. Neither SME nor JME were acceptable according to the limit specified in EN 14214 with regard to IPI (>6.0 h). However, SME was satisfactory when compared to ASTM D6751 (>3.0 h), but JME was not. These results indicate that both JME and SME would require antioxidants. The oxidative stability of ULSD decreased as the percentage of BD was increased from 0 to 20 vol.% (Table 5). This decrease was more pronounced in the case of JME blends. However, the oxidative stabilities of the B20 blends were satisfactory according to ASTM D7467 (>6.0 h). ASTM D975 (up to B5) does not contain oxidative stability limits.

Acid Value

The AV of JO as well as JME was higher than that of SO and SME (Table 4). As SO was refined, bleached, and deodorized, most of the FFA had been removed. This is reflected in the AV of SO, which was 0.03. In addition, SME had an AV of 0.01. In the case of JO, the AV before pretreatment was 0.68 and after pretreatment was 0.06, while in the case of JME, it was 1.37, which might be responsible for the reduced product prepared from APT-JO (92 wt.%) yields of JME. Although SME was satisfactory according to the AV limits contained within the ASTM D6751 (<0.50) and EN 14214 (<0.50), JME was not. Correspondingly, blends of JME in ULSD showed higher AV than SME blends (Table 5). In fact, B20 JME and B20 SME showed an AV of 0.16 and 0.01, correspondingly, which were within the limit of the ASTM D7467 (<0.30). ASTM D975 does not contain limits on AV.

Pressurized Differential Scanning Calorimetry

PDSC has been shown to be an effective tool in the measurement of oxidative stability in oleochemicals and lubricants [38, 39, 40, 41]. The OT is the temperature at which a rapid increase in the rate of oxidation is observed and obtained by extrapolating the tangent drawn on the steepest slope of reaction exotherm to the baseline. A high OT would suggest a high oxidation stability of the oil. PDSC data for neat JO, APT-JO, SO, JME, and SME are depicted in Table 4 and B5 and B20 blend data are depicted in Table 5.

It appears from the PDSC results that, after the removal of FFA, the oxidation stability of JO has gone down by 4°C. This is also confirmed from the IP results of the same. Table 4 shows that the oxidation stability data (OT and SMT) for JO, APT-JO, JME, SO, and SME are in agreement with the IP data. Interestingly, there is no OT difference between SO and SME, while there is an 8°C difference between JO and JME. As discussed before in the “Oxidative Stability” section, this might be due to the decrease in the overall chain length of JME in comparison to JO, thus making the double bond more accessible for oxidation. The higher OT of SME compared to JME may be due to the higher amount of saturated FAME present in SME.

Table 5 shows the change in oxidation stability of ULSD on the addition of JME and SME. As there was a 22°C difference in OT of ULSD and JME, the decrease in OT of ULSD blends with the addition of JME was obvious. The ULSD showed an OT of 198°C, while B20 JME showed an OT of 188°C. As in the case of IP, the addition of BD to ULSD resulted in a reduction in OT of ULSD, which was more pronounced for JME blends.


The following conclusions were elucidated from the results discussed above and are summarized below:
  1. 1.

    Neat JME showed better low-temperature properties than that of SME. Blends (B5 and B20) of JME with ULSD showed better or equal low-temperature properties than that of the corresponding SME blends.

  2. 2.

    The lubricity of neat JME was similar to that of neat SME. Blends (B5 and B20) of SME with ULSD showed similar or better lubricities than the corresponding JME blends. All blends satisfied the ASTM D7467 and D975 lubricity specifications.

  3. 3.

    The kinematic viscosity of neat SME was within the ASTM D6571 specification whereas neat JME was not. However, all blends were within specifications contained within the ASTM D975 and D7467.

  4. 4.

    The IV of SME was higher than that of JME as a result of the higher polyunsaturated FAME content of SME. The IV of JME was satisfactory according to EN 14214 whereas SME was not.

  5. 5.

    JME exhibited lower IP compared to SME. Addition of an antioxidant would be required to satisfy the oxidative stability requirements in ASTM D6751 and EN 14214. However, B20 blends of JME as well as SME were within the ASTM D7467 specification. The B5 blends were even more stable than the B20 blends.

  6. 6.

    The AV of neat SME was within the ASTM D6751 specification whereas neat JME did not satisfy this limit. However, both blends of SME and JME were satisfactory according to the limits in ASTM D7467. In addition, the B5 blends exhibited lower AV than the B20 blends.

  7. 7.

    IP studies of JME as well as SME were in agreement with results obtained from the PDSC study.


In conclusion, it was demonstrated that the B5 and B20 blends of JME in ULSD had acceptable fuel properties. In summary, JO has the potential as an alternative nonfood feedstock for BD production.

By the encouraging low-temperature property results discussed above, our future plan is to prepare more alkyl ester derivatives of JO to see the effect of alkyl chain length on the low-temperature properties as well as their influence on other fuel properties.



The authors acknowledge Jill K. Winkler-Moser for the acquisition of phytosterol data and Erin L. Walter for the excellent technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shailesh N. Shah
    • 1
    Email author
  • Brajendra K. Sharma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bryan R. Moser
    • 1
  • Sevim Z. Erhan
    • 3
  1. 1.National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgriculturePeoriaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Eastern Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research ServiceUnited States Department of AgricultureWyndmoorUSA

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