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Abstract  

Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) is the most widely used antioxidant for edible oils. The present investigation presents its effect on the thermal degradation behavior of edible oils (sunflower, soybean, and their blend) through the use of dynamic thermogravimetry. The study is based on the comparison of activation energies of decomposition process which were subsequently calculated using preferred and reliable multiple-heating rate methods viz. Kissinger, Friedman, Ozawa–Flynn–Wall, and Coats–Redfern (modified). It is concluded that the role of alpha-tocopherol as antioxidant at higher temperature is nearly accomplished.

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