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Formation and Structure of a Novel Nitration Product of δ -Tocopherol

[ Vol. 10 , Issue. 1 ]


Stefan Bohmdorfer, Anjan Patel, Lars Gille, Thomas Netscher, Kurt Mereiter and Thomas Rosenau   Pages 165 - 168 ( 4 )


Nitration of δ-tocopherol (1) with either concentrated nitric acid or with nitrating agents in the presence of oxidants provides 5-(7’-nitro-δ-tocopher-5’-yl)-7-nitro-δ-tocopherol [bis(7-nitro-δ-tocopheryl), 6]. Under non-oxidative conditions, the 5-nitro and 5,7- dinitro products of δ-tocopherol are formed without production of 6. The dimer 6 is C2-symmetric and shows unrestricted rotation around the 5-5’ bond and a strong hydrogen bond from the phenolic hydroxyl to the neighboring nitro group in both halves of the molecule. The crystal structure of the side chain-truncated model compound 6a contains crystallographically C2-symmetric molecules with two intramolecular O-H···O(nitro) hydrogen bonds.


Antioxidants, nitration, nitric acid, oxidation, oxidative dimerization, phenols, δ-tocopherol, tocopherols, vitamin E


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Department of Chemistry, Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna, Austria.

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