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Piperonyl aldehyde

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Piperonyl aldehyde Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:35-39 °C(lit.)
  • Boiling point:264 °C(lit.)
  • Density 1.2645 (rough estimate)
  • vapor pressure 1 mm Hg ( 87 °C)
  • refractive index 1.4500 (estimate)
  • Flash point:>230 °F
  • storage temp. Dark Room
  • solubility methanol: 0.1 g/mL, clear
  • Water Solubility Slightly soluble
  • Sensitive Air & Light Sensitive
  • Merck 13,7556
  • JECFA Number896
  • BRN 131691
  • Stability:Stable, but air and light sensitive. Combustible. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, bases.
  • CAS DataBase Reference120-57-0(CAS DataBase Reference)
  • NIST Chemistry ReferencePiperonal(120-57-0)
  • EPA Substance Registry SystemPiperonal (120-57-0)
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Piperonyl aldehyde Usage And Synthesis
  • Chemical Propertieswhite crystalline solid
  • Chemical PropertiesPiperonal has a sweet, flowery odor reminiscent of heliotrope and a bittersweet taste.
  • Chemical PropertiesHeliotropin occurs in a number of essential oils, but only in low concentrations. It forms white crystals (mp 37°C) with a sweet, floral, slightly spicy, heliotrope-like odor.
  • OccurrenceReported found in the essential oils of Robinia pseudo-acacia and Eryngium poterium; in the oils of Spirea ulmaria and of leaves of Doryphora sassafras; also reported found in Tahitian and Bourbon vanilla, camphor wood oil, violet flowers concrete and absolute, burley tobacco, rabbiteye blueberry, melon, pepper, cooked chicken, sherry and dill.
  • UsesPiperonal is an impurity of Tadalafil (T004500). Tadalafil impurity A.
  • UsesIn perfumery, in cherry and vanilla flavors, in organic syntheses.
  • DefinitionChEBI: An arenecarbaldehyde that is 1,3-benzodioxole substituted by a formyl substituent at position 5. It has been isolated from Piper nigrum.
  • PreparationHeliotropin is produced by two main routes:
    1) From isosafrole: For many years, oxidative cleavage of isosafrole was the only route applicable on an industrial scale. Isosafrole [120-58-1] is obtained by isomerization from safrole [94-59-7], which can be isolated from (Chinese) sassafras oil . Examples of oxidants that give good yields of heliotropin are chromium(VI) salts, oxygen, and ozone.
    This method is still used currently, but the destructive exploitation of sassafras trees in Southeast Asia has led to a strong decline in the availability of sassafras oil and thus of safrole/isosafrole.
    2) From catechol: Several routes have recently been developed for the synthesis of heliotropin from catechol. In one such route, catechol is converted into 3,4-dihydroxymandelic acid with glyoxylic acid in an alkaline medium in the presence of aluminum oxide. 3,4-Dihydroxymandelic acid is oxidized to the corresponding keto acid (e.g., with copper-(II) oxide), which is decarboxylated to 3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde. The latter product is converted into heliotropin, for example, by reactionwith methylene chloride in the presence of quaternary ammonium salts.
    In another route, catechol is first reacted with methylene chloride and converted into 1,2-methylenedioxybenzene . Reaction with glyoxylic acid in strongly acidic media yields 3,4-methylenedioxymandelic acid . Subsequent oxidation and decarboxylation with nitric acid afford heliotropin.
    Alternative routes that start from 1,2-methylenedioxybenzene and use piperonyl chloride as intermediate have been described .
  • Aroma threshold valuesDetection: 62 ppb to 1 ppm. Aroma characteristics at 1.0%: sweet, anise-like, almond vanilla, floral, black cherry pit, berry raspberry, powdery coumarin-like with a hint of hay.
  • Taste threshold valuesTaste characteristics at 10 to 50 ppm: ripe black cherry fleshy, ripe berry, sweet, macaroon, Jordan almond, creamy vanilla, spicy cream soda, courmarin, slight floral with hay nuances.
  • Synthesis Reference(s)Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 64, p. 225, 1986 DOI: 10.1139/v86-039
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 48, p. 4053, 1983 DOI: 10.1021/jo00170a036
    Tetrahedron Letters, 33, p. 5909, 1992 DOI: 10.1016/S0040-4039(00)61086-9
  • General DescriptionColorless lustrous crystals.
  • Air & Water ReactionsSlightly water soluble .
  • Reactivity ProfilePiperonyl aldehyde is an aldehyde. Aldehydes are frequently involved in self-condensation or polymerization reactions. These reactions are exothermic; they are often catalyzed by acid. Aldehydes are readily oxidized to give carboxylic acids. Flammable and/or toxic gases are generated by the combination of aldehydes with azo, diazo compounds, dithiocarbamates, nitrides, and strong reducing agents. Aldehydes can react with air to give first peroxo acids, and ultimately carboxylic acids. These autoxidation reactions are activated by light, catalyzed by salts of transition metals, and are autocatalytic (catalyzed by the products of the reaction). The addition of stabilizers (antioxidants) to shipments of aldehydes retards autoxidation. Piperonyl aldehyde is sensitive to light. Piperonyl aldehyde may react with oxidizing materials.
  • Fire HazardFlash point data for Piperonyl aldehyde are not available. Piperonyl aldehyde is probably combustible.
  • Safety ProfileModerately toxic by ingestion and intraperitoneal routes. Can cause central nervous system depression. A human skin irritant. Mutation data reported. Combustible when exposed to heat or flame; can react with oxidizing materials. See also ALDEHYDES.
  • Chemical SynthesisBy the oxidation of isosafrole with potassium dichromate and sulfuric acid and subsequent steam distillation of piperonal
  • MetabolismIn the animal body heliotropin undergoes the expected metabolic reaction involving oxidation to the corresponding acid (Williams, 1959).
  • Purification MethodsCrystallise piperonal from aqueous 70% EtOH or EtOH/water. [Beilstein 19/4 V 225.]
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