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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 22 (2017) pp 73-76

Identification of an Unknown Diene in Eucalyptus Oil: A Modified Diels-Alder Experiment

Robert Aslanian

Department of Chemistry, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ 07305,
Received February 21, 2017. Accepted March 22, 2017.

Published: 15 April 2017

Abstract. A modified procedure for performing the Diels-Alder reaction for the identification of an unknown diene in eucalyptus oil has been developed for use in the undergraduate lab. This approach incorporates concepts of green chemistry, structure determination using spectroscopy and an emphasis on teamwork for problem solving.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry

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