Title

The effect of different amounts of Citrus sinensis on the production of bio-plastics

Author(s)

Almeera U. Lateef

School Name

Spring Valley High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The levels of Citrus sinensis peels are increasing in landfills all over the world, and scientists are looking for new ways that orange peels can be utilized effectively. Pharmacologists have begun to utilize these peels in the treatments of many diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The purpose of this study was to utilize orange peels to construct bio-plastics. It was hypothesized that the higher amount of Citrus sinenis peels that were utilized, the more durable/thicker the plastics would be. To construct the plastics, the orange peels were boiled on a hot plate in 500 mL of water for 30 minutes. Afterwards, the peels were dried and pureed in 120 mL of water using a blender. Then, the puree was placed in beakers and was mixed with three mL of .1N concentration of sodium hydroxide and hydrogen chloride. After the solution had been thoroughly mixed, the mix was placed in different groups of petri dishes depending on the amount of orange concentration the mix had and were place in an oven and baked at 121 degrees celsius. Once baked, the plastics were observed for any decay and were measured based on thickness. The data was statistically analyzed using an ANOVA and Tukey test. The hypothesis was supported because p

Start Date

4-11-2015 11:15 AM

End Date

4-11-2015 11:30 AM

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Apr 11th, 11:15 AM Apr 11th, 11:30 AM

The effect of different amounts of Citrus sinensis on the production of bio-plastics

The levels of Citrus sinensis peels are increasing in landfills all over the world, and scientists are looking for new ways that orange peels can be utilized effectively. Pharmacologists have begun to utilize these peels in the treatments of many diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. The purpose of this study was to utilize orange peels to construct bio-plastics. It was hypothesized that the higher amount of Citrus sinenis peels that were utilized, the more durable/thicker the plastics would be. To construct the plastics, the orange peels were boiled on a hot plate in 500 mL of water for 30 minutes. Afterwards, the peels were dried and pureed in 120 mL of water using a blender. Then, the puree was placed in beakers and was mixed with three mL of .1N concentration of sodium hydroxide and hydrogen chloride. After the solution had been thoroughly mixed, the mix was placed in different groups of petri dishes depending on the amount of orange concentration the mix had and were place in an oven and baked at 121 degrees celsius. Once baked, the plastics were observed for any decay and were measured based on thickness. The data was statistically analyzed using an ANOVA and Tukey test. The hypothesis was supported because p