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Green synthesis of para-Menthane-3,8-diol from Eucalyptus citriodora: Application for repellent products

Drapeau, Jeremy ; Rossano, Manon ; Touraud, Didier ; Kroecke, Ulla ; Geier, Martin ; Rose, Andreas ; Kunz, Werner


A simple and efficient method was developed for the synthesis of para-Menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), a well-known repellent active against mosquitoes, from Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil by a treatment of citric acid in a biphasic medium (H2O/essential oil). The E. citriodora contains as main component (+)-citronellal (74% in the present case), which cyclises (Prins reaction) to form cis/trans ...


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