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Thermal properties of jojoba wax

I. Crystallization behaviour

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
V. González-González
,
R. O. Valero-Coss
, and
E. Campos-López

The thermal behaviour of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) liquid wax was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), varying the annealing conditions. The fusion enthalpy (ΔHf) of the unannealed material was 27.1 cal/g; the relationship between heat capacity (Cp) and temperature could be expressed by the following equation:Cp=9.51×10−4 T+0.129. It was found that Jojoba wax presents four endothermic transitions (α, β, γ andδ) including fusionα, estimable at low heating rates (1 K/min); the activation energies (Ea) for transitionsα andγ were 51.18 and 64.82 Kcal/mole respectively; and it was observed that the transition temperaturesα andγ maintained a lineal relationship with the square root of the heating rate (Hr).

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