TT No. 172: Process for recovery of squalene from palm oil products

Squalene is a minor constituent of oils and fats. It is a triterpenoid aliphatic hydrocarbon with six unconjugated double bonds (Figure 1), first discovered in shark liver oil in 1906 by Mitsumaru Tsujimoto. It is present in human tissue and plant oils in small amounts. Squalene is a valuable commercial product and traditionally produced from shark liver oil.

Main Researcher: Dr Ab. Gapor Md. Top