Turpentine Oil Hydration Using Trichloroacetic Acid as Catalyst


Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was used as catalyst for the hydration of α-pinene from turpentin oil using water as hydroxyl donor. The reaction was performed in batch reactor at 70oC, using aquous aceton as solvent. The TCA catalyst converted α-pinene into hydrocar­bons, while the TCA catalyst was active and selective for producing alcohol,  α-terpineol with  selectivity of 87,56%.

Keywords: turpentine, hydration, terpineol, TCA

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