The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 9
Issue 6 (2004) pp 366-369
Isolation of Oil of Nutmeg and Trimyristin from Nutmeg
Robert Duarte†, Janne T. Nielsen,‡ and Veljko Dragojlovic*,‡
†Department of Math, Science, and
Technology, Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Fort
Lauderdale, FL 33314 and ‡Oceanographic Center, Nova Southeastern
University, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania, FL 33004, email@example.com
Published online: 8 October 2004
Abstract. In a single three-hour experiment students isolate oil of nutmeg by steam distillation of nutmeg and trimyristin by solid–liquid extraction from the residue. Warm ethanol is used as a safe and inexpensive solvent to extract pure trimyristin in good yield. In the following three-hour experiment students hydrolyze trimyristin and isolate myristic acid. They evaluate the purity of the isolated materials and success of the saponification by thin-layer chromatography. Myristic acid is identified from its melting point.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; lipids; natural products; plant chemistry
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Issue date: December