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item Oliver, James

Submitted to: International Essential Oils Proceedings
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2001
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Interpretive Summary: Essential oils can be convenient and economical sources of fine chemicals. However, they unavoidably occur as mixtures, and purification techniques have to be developed to fully utilize them. This brief paper describes the isolation and purification of one of the two possible forms of the terpene linalool, a compound that was then used in the synthesis of an insect pheromone.

Technical Abstract: Pure (S)(+)-linalool can be obtained from oil of coriander by formation and recrystallization of its 3,5-dinitrobenzoate ester followed by regeneration and distillation.