Total Sulfur Levels in Refined Petroleum Products of Southwestern Nigeria Using UV/VIS Spectrophotometer

O. S. Olatunji, L. A. Jimoda, B. S. Fakinle, J. A. Adeniran, J. A. Sonibare
2014 Petroleum science and technology  
This study employed turbidimetric method using a UV/VIS spectrophotometer to determine the total sulfur levels of refined petroleum products in Southwestern Nigeria. The sulfur concentrations in the analyzed fuel samples were 0.0019-0.0178 wt% and 0.027-0.169 wt% for gasoline and diesel, respectively. Sulfur levels in the selected samples were below the Nigerian standard for gasoline and diesel while 89.9% of the samples exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standard. The
more » ... ard. The turbidimetric method showed better performance than the gravimetric method. The results gave insight into the adverse environmental impact the nonuniform quality of fuels imported could pose to the country.
doi:10.1080/10916466.2014.920028 fatcat:vm6o7jlf4remnjghc3m45kt3ce