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Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A 2004 Vol.5 No.12 P.1524-1527


Preparation of natural α-tocopherol from non-α-tocopherols

Author(s):  YANG Yi-wen, WEN Guang-dong, WU Cai-juan, REN Qi-long, WU Ping-dong

Affiliation(s):  National Laboratory of Secondary Resources Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China

Corresponding email(s):   ceywyang@zju.edu.cn

Key Words:  Tocopherol, Conversion, Hydroxymethylation, Hydrogenolysis

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YANG Yi-wen, WEN Guang-dong, WU Cai-juan, REN Qi-long, WU Ping-dong. Preparation of natural α-tocopherol from non-α-tocopherols[J]. Journal of Zhejiang University Science A, 2004, 5(12): 1524-1527.

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Non-α-tocopherols are hydroxymethylated and hydrogenated to produce α-tocopherol in one pot process by simultaneously reacting with paraformaldehyde and hydrogen in the presence of catalysts of benzenesulfonic acid and 5% Pd/C in an autoclave. Effects of various operation conditions have been studied. The preferable reaction conditions are: temperature 180 °C to 200 °C, pressure 5.0 MPa, acid concentration 0.5 g/100 ml ethanol, mass ratio of Pd/C to tocopherols 7.1 g/100 g, and reaction time 5.0 h. A product with α-tocopherol content of 80% was obtained by using a raw material with a total tocopherols content of 80.54%. The conversion of non-α-tocopherols is almost 100%, and the mole yield of α-tocopherol is more than 90%.

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