Isomerizationlab_001

Isomerizationlab_001 - Isomerization of (R)-Carvone...

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Isomerization of (R)-Carvone Background: The essential oils of plants have been extracted from plants for use as perfumes and medicines for centuries. The major components of many essential oils are part of the isoprenoid family, derived from the five-carbon compound, isoprene. For example, the major component if spearmint, (R)-carvone, is biosynthetically produced through a number of steps from isoprene. (Figure 1) O Figure 1. Two isoprene units bond to form a monoterpene skeleton which lead to formation of products such as carvone. X A sub-category of the isoprenoid family are the monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are ten- carbon containing compounds, derived from two isoprene units. A number of other monoterpenes share the same carbon skeleton as carvone (Figure 2). Figure 2. (A.) Base carbon skeleton of monoterpene (B.) geraniol--from roses (C.) limonene--from citrus (D.) menthol--from peppermint A. OH
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