Publication Date

Fall 2023

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Science


Analytical Chemistry

First Advisor

Dr. Shelly Kumar

Second Advisor

Dr. Joong-Won Shin

Third Advisor

Dr. John Sowa


This capstone literature project conducted a literature search on the extraction of essential oils from the leaves of ten different flowering plants using steam distillation and/or solvent extraction methods. Additionally, the project focused on characterizing and identifying the fragrant compounds present in the essential oils of these ten plants. By conducting a comprehensive literature search, this project provides a summary of the methods employed for extraction and the composition of fragrant compounds in each essential oil. A diverse range of fragrant compounds were found in various plants and flowers, including major and minor compounds such as alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, terpenes, and esters. The plants of interest in this capstone project focused on included Oriental Lily, Tuberose, Neroli, Ylang-Ylang, Gardenia, Catalpa tree, Locust flower, Eucalyptus, Viburnum, and Wisteria Vine.

Included in

Chemistry Commons