To Synthesize a Fragrance Used Commercially in Two Steps by Using a Chemoselective Reduction Reaction, and a Polymer-Supported Reaction.

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What’s That Smell? Due Date/Submission Date: 02/17/2014 I. Purpose To synthesize a fragrance used commercially in two steps by using a chemoselective reduction reaction, and a polymer-supported reaction. II. Reaction Equations and Mechanisms III. Calculations Part 1 Theoretical Yield 1) (1.62 g ethyl vanillin x 154.16 g ethyl vanillyl alcohol) / (166.18 g ethyl vanillin) = 1.503 g ethyl vanillyl alcohol 2) (0.3 g NaBH4 x 154.16 g ethyl vanillyl alcohol) / (37.83 g NaBH4) = 1.223 g ethyl vanillyl alcohol Percent Yield = (1.03 g / 1.223 g) x 100 = 84.2% Melting Point Range ( ̊C): 83.9, 84.4, 85.0 Melting Point Average ( ̊C): 84.43 Rf Values Starting material = 4.0/5.5 = 0.73 Final product =…show more content…
While we refluxed the solution there was no color change, the solution stayed clear. After gravity filtration the solution stayed clear. After roto vap, solution was a milky brown color. IR spec data showed a weak OH peak as well as strong C—O stretches around 1200 cm-1. V. Discussion Questions: 1. Our percent yield for alcohol was 84.2% which is average. We rushed through our vacuum filtration and probably did not let the solid dry long enough and might have not transferred all of the solid to the vacuum filtration from the beaker. 2. The TLC results showed two different spots that traveled different distances on the TLC plate, one for ethyl vanillin and one for ethyl vanillin alcohol which proves there is no evidence of the starting material in our final product. The product (ethyl vanillin alcohol) was more polar and interacted more with the solvent than our starting material (ethyl vanillin). This increase in polarity is due to the extra alcohol group in the ethyl vanillin alcohol and the smaller Rf value also indicates it is more polar and pure than the ethyl vanillin. 3. The IR spectrum of the starting material shows a medium/strong C-O bond at around 1500cm-1, also the starting material shows a strong C-H bond at around 3000cm-1 and another medium C-H bond at 2865cm-1 indicating an aldehyde group whereas the product does not. The IR spectrum of the product shows a two weak broad O-H peaks at around