Extracting Limonene from Orange Peel

The chemistry lessons which I enjoy the most are those when we do experiments. My favourite experiment that we have done in class was ‘Extracting Limonene from Orange Peel’.

This experiment filled the room with the smell of oranges, creating a better working atmosphere, so all of us really enjoyed doing it. (If you choose A-Level Chemistry you will be able to do this experiment and eat the oranges like we did!). The smell of oranges is caused by the compound limonene. Limonene is a colourless liquid hydrocarbon (and if you’ve done GCSE chemistry you’ll know that a hydrocarbon is made up of only carbon atoms and hydrogen atoms). Continue reading “Extracting Limonene from Orange Peel”