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Turpentine oil Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:−55 °C(lit.)
  • Boiling point:153-175 °C(lit.)
  • Density 0.86 g/mL at 25 °C(lit.)
  • vapor density 4.84 (−7 °C, vs air)
  • vapor pressure 4 mm Hg ( −6.7 °C)
  • refractive index n20/D 1.515
  • Flash point:86 °F
  • solubility Soluble in ethanol
  • form Liquid
  • color Clear Colorless
  • Specific Gravity0.850-0.868
  • OdorPungent
  • optical activity[α]20/D 40 to +48°
  • explosive limit0.80-6%
  • Water Solubility Insoluble in water
  • Stability:Stable. Flammable. Incompatible with chlorine, strong oxidizers.
  • EPA Substance Registry SystemTurpentine, oil (8006-64-2)
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Turpentine oil Usage And Synthesis
  • DescriptionTurpentine oil is a kind of fluid isolated from live trees, mainly pines. It consists of terpenes including monoterpenes, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene and some amount of careen, camphene, dipentene, and terpinolene. It can be used as a solvent and as a source of materials for organic synthesis. For its application in solvent, it can be used for thinning oil-based paints that are useful for the manufacturing of varnishes. In organic synthesis, it can be used for the synthesis of fragrant chemical compounds such as camphor, linalool and alpha-terpineol. It can also be used for large-scale synthesis of bundles of aligned carbon nanotubes. It can also be used as natural flavoring agent as food additive. Moreover, it can be used to synthesize pesticide as well as be used to facilitate the endodontic retreatment.
  • Chemical PropertiesTurpentine is oleorosin extracted from trees of pinus (pinacae). It is a yellowish, opaque, sticky mass with a characteristic odor and taste. It is used extensively in different industries associated with the manufacturing of polishes, grinding fl uids, paint thinners, resins, degreasing solutions, clearing materials, and ink making.
    Turpentine oil
    The two primary uses of turpentine in industry are as a solvent and as a source of materials for organic synthesis. As a solvent, turpentine is used for thinning oil-based paints for producing varnishes and as a raw material in the chemical industry.
  • Chemical PropertiesBalsam turpentine is the oleo-gum-resin obtained by incisions made on the trunks of several trees belonging to the genus Pinus. The common American turpentine comes from P. palustris. Crude turpentine contains 75 to 90% resin and 10 to 26% oil. It is of paramount importance to use special techniques in making incisions, because the tree otherwise may die in a short time. A gum (gum turpentine) consisting of white incrustations is formed around the incisions in the tree. Rosin is the resinous residue of the distillation of turpentine. There are several varieties of rosin, varying in color from the palest amber to nearly black and from translucent to opaque, depending on the turpentine source. Colophony is the name of the common rosin variety. The part used is the oleo-gum-resin (turpentine balsam). Turpentine has a penetrating and characteristic odor and a pungent, bitter taste.
  • Chemical PropertiesTurpentine oil is obtained by steam distillation of the oleo-gum-resin. It has a warm, balsamic, refreshing odor of turpentine. The oil must be absolutely free of water to avoid oxidation of α- and β-pinene (approximately 80% of the oil).
  • Physical propertiesTurpentine is the oleoresin from species of Pinus Pinacea trees. The crude oleoresin (gum turpentine) is a yellowish, sticky, opaque mass and the distillate (oil of turpentine) is a colorless, volatile liquid with a characteristic odor. Chemically, it contains: alpha-pinene; betapinene; camphene, monocyclic terpene; and terpene alcohols.
  • UsesSolvent and thinner for paints, varnishes, polishes. In manufacture of aroma chemicals such as camphor, myrcene, linalool; source of pine oil.
    Turpentine has been nearly eliminated from formulas of ready-made interior oil-based paints, but it is used in shoe polishes and as a raw material in the manufacture of synthetic camphor and terpin hydrate.
  • Production MethodsGum turpentine is the steam-volatile fraction of pine tree pitch.Wood turpentine is obtained from waste wood chips or sawdust. Sulfate turpentine is a by-product in paper manufacture.
  • General DescriptionA clear colorless liquid with a characteristic odor. Flash point 90-115°F. Obtained from naphtha-extraction of pine stumps. Less dense than water and insoluble in water. Hence floats on water. Vapors are heavier than air.
  • Air & Water ReactionsHighly flammable. Insoluble in water.
  • Reactivity ProfileWOOD TURPENTINE reacts with oxidizing agents. Calcium hypochlorite was placed in a turpentine container, thought to be empty. Reaction with the residual turpentine resulted in an explosion within a few minutes [Benson 1967]. Reacts violently with chromic anhydride [Haz. Chem. Data 1967 p. 68]. Reacts with stannic chloride producing heat and sometimes flame [Mellor 7:430 1946-47]. May also react exothermically with reducing agents to produce gaseous hydrogen.
  • Health HazardOccupational exposures to turpentine cause adverse health effects on absorption through the skin, lungs, and intestine. The vapor of turpentine causes severe irritation to the nose, eyes, and respiratory system has a whole. Aspiration of liquid turpentine causes direct irritation to the lungs and results in pulmonary edema and hemorrhage. It also causes dermatitis, eczema, and hypersensitivity among occupational workers. Splashing of liquid turpentine in the eyes causes corneal burns. Turpentine is also known to cause skin eruption, irritation to the gastrointestinal tract, kidney and bladder damage, delirium, ataxia, and benign skin tumor.
  • Safety ProfileAn experimental poison by intravenous route. Moderately toxic to humans by ingestion. Mildly toxic experimentally by ingestion and inhalation. Human systemic effects by ingestion and inhalation: conjunctiva irritation, other olfactory and eye effects, hallucinations or distorted perceptions, antipsychotic, headache, pulmonary, and kidney changes. A human eye irritant. Irritating to skin and mucous membranes. Can cause serious irritation of kidneys. Questionable carcinogen with experimental tumorigenic data. A common air contaminant. A very dangerous fire hazard when exposed to heat or flame; can react vigorously with oxidizing materials. Avoid impregnation of combustibles with turpentine. Keep cool and ventilated. Spontaneous heating is possible. Moderate explosion hazard in the form of vapor when exposed to flame; can react violently with Ca(OCl)2, Cl2, CrO3, Cr- (OCl)2, SnCl4, hexachloromelamine, trichloromelamine. To fight fire, use foam, CO2, dry chemical. When heated to decomposition it emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes.
  • Potential ExposureTurpentines have found wide use as chemical feedstock for the manufacture of floor, furniture, shoe, and automobile polishes; camphor, cleaning materials; inks, putty, mastics, cutting and grinding fluids; paint thinners; resins, and degreasing solutions. Recently, alpha-and beta-pinenes, which can be extracted, have found use as volatile bases for various compounds. The components d-α-pinene and 3-carene, or their hydroperoxides, may be the cause of eczema and toxic effects of turpentine.
  • CarcinogenicityWhen turpentine was applied to the skin, tumor growth was promoted in the rabbit, but not in the mouse.
  • ShippingUN1299 Turpentine, Hazard Class: 3; Labels: 3- Flammable liquid.
  • IncompatibilitiesForms an explosive mixture with air. Violent reaction with strong oxidizers, especially chlorine; chromic anhydride; stannic chloride; chromyl chloride.
  • Waste DisposalDissolve or mix the material with a combustible solvent and burn in a chemical incinerator equipped with an afterburner and scrubber. All federal, state, and local environmental regulations must be observed.
  • PrecautionsDuring handling of turpentine, occupational workers should always use protective clothing, rubber gloves, and face masks to avoid adverse health effects to the skin and respiratory tract.
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    Dong-Mei, L. I., et al. "Study on synthesis of high purity α-terpineol from turpentine oil." Modern Chemical Industry (2008).
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