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Zinc catalyst recycling in the preparation of (all-rac)-α-tocopherol from trimethylhydroquinone and isophytol

Juraj Gömöry EMAIL logo , Milan Králik and Alexander Kaszonyi
From the journal Chemical Papers


Recycling of ZnCl2 as a catalyst in the cyclocondensation of trimethylhydroquinone and isophytol to all-rac-α-tocopherol was studied. ZnCl2 was recycled at over 98 % efficiency in required purity by repeated extraction of the reaction streams with water, followed by switching of solvent to butyl acetate and then back to water. Recycled ZnCl2 had no negative effect on the yield of all-rac-α-tocopherol (maintaining over 90 %) at nearly total conversion of isophytol and only a 3 % molar excess of trimethylhydroquinone.

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Published Online: 2011-5-21
Published in Print: 2011-8-1

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