Keywords

Chemistry, Organic, Perfumes

Abstract

The liquid phase autoxidation of the readily available sesquinterpene valencene to the commercially important perfuming agent nootkatone utilizing gaseous oxygen at atmospheric pressure has been investigated. Catalyst systems involving transition metal salts and complexes, and phase-transfer catalysts have been evaluated under different conditions of valencene concentration, catalyst concentration, reaction temperature, solvent and oxygen flow rate. Of eighteen candidate catalysts for the oxidation of valencene to nootkatone, chlorocarbonylbis(triphenylphosphine) iridium (Vaska's catalyst) demonstrated good activity and appeared to show the best potential for future work.

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Graduation Date

1984

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Mattson, Guy C.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Program

Industrial Chemistry

Format

PDF

Pages

51 p.

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0015919

Included in

Chemistry Commons

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