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16.0.0 Amines and alkaloids
Table of contents

See: OrganicChemistry, Biochemistry (Commercial)

See: Chemicals, (Commercial)

16.2.0 Aliphatic compounds Alkaloids

16.3.18 Alkylamides Amides, C=ONH2 Amines, C2H5NH2

16.1.0 Amino acids

16.8.0 Aromatic hydrocarbons

16.5.0 Esters, derivatives of fatty acids

16.7.0 Food molecules

16.4.0 Oleoresins, "gums"

16.6.0 Proteins, peptides, amino acids

16.1.0 Amino acids
Amino acids Amino acid nomenclature Amino acids, Table 20 α-amino acids

16.8.0 Aromatic hydrocarbons Aromatic hydrocarbons Aromatics, aromatic compounds
16.8.1 Reactions of benzene, C6H6
16.8.2 Prepare ferric tannate with tea leaves
16.8.3 Extraction of caffeine & benzoic acid

16.5.0 Esters, derivatives of fatty acids
Esters, derivative of fatty acid (RCOOR'),
16.5.01 Ethyl acetoacetonate
16.5.02 Chlorogenic acid, C16H18O9 Alcohols, primary, secondary, tertiary
16.2.2 Halogen compounds, haloalkanes
16.5.4 Hydrolysis of esters

16.5.3 Prepare esters
16.5.2 Prepare ethyl acetate (ethyl ethanoate)
16.5.6 Prepare amyl acetate (pear oil)
16.5.1 Prepare ethyl chloride, chloroethane
16.5.7 Prepare ethyl butyrate (pineapple oil)
16.5.8 Prepare ethyl acetate (ethyl ethanoate)
16.5.9 Prepare methyl chloride gas
16.5.5 Prepare methyl salicylate, oil of wintergreen
16.5.10 Rubbing alcohol, surgical spirit
12.12.0 Soaps and synthetic detergents Tests for alcohols, K manganate (VII)

16.7.0 Food molecules
Caffeine Choline Pectin
16.7.11 Yeast, fermentation, brewing, beer Isohumulone, C21H30O5

Experiments and preparations
16.7.10 Albumen (egg white) and egg yolk
16.2.3 Butter and butter oil
16.7.26 Custard Distil wood (destructive distillation) Egg in a cake mix
16.7.18 Iron from breakfast cereal Fish smell, trimethylamine
16.7.14 Food colouring liquids and detergent
Garlic, Allium sativum var. sativum
16.7.17 Glycoalkaloids, avoid bruised or green potatoes
16.7.15 Heat starch, glycaemic index Laundry starch
16.0 Milk
16.7.13 Prepare fruit salts, health salts Prepare jelly, fresh and tinned pineapple
16.7.12 Prepare mayonnaise and salad dressing emulsions
4.2.2 Prepare sauerkraut (Primary)
16.10.4 Prepare wood gas and wood tar
4.2.1 Prepare yoghurt (Primary)
4.2.1a Prepare yoghurt, a report from Turkey
4.3.17 Prepare yoghurt, test milk quality
10.5.5 Steam distillation, water and fat content
16.7.29 Toxic effect of drugs on water fleas
16.7.30 Tests for chewing gum quality by comparing bubbles
16.7.28 Tests for cigarette smoke Tests for pectin in jelly and jam Wheat starch and gluten
3.38 Yeast, Carbon dioxide and fermentation for brewing Tests for calcium

16.4.0 Oleoresins "gums"
16.4.0 Oleoresins "gums"
16.4.5 Amber resin
2.4 Balsams, Canada balsam mounting medium
2.6 Balsams, Peru balsam mounting medium
16.4.3 Incenses
16.4.4 "Natural lacquer"
16.4.6 Phenolic resins

16.6.0 Proteins, peptides, amino acids Amides, C=ONH2
Peptides, peptide bond
3.7.6 Polyamides Proteins, Structural forms of proteins
16.3.18 Akylamides Amino acids Amino acid nomenclature Amino acids, Table 20 α-amino acids Butanedioic acid (succinic acid) Butanoic acid (butyric acid) Ethanoic acid, ionization reaction Fibrous proteins and globular proteins
16.3.16 Glycoproteins Lactic acid Lactones
16.3.17 Lectins Methanoic acid, ionization reaction Pentanoic acid (valeric acid) Prions, "Mad cow disease" Propanoic acid, ionization reaction Spironolactone

16.6 17 Hydrolysis of urea with urease Lactic acid with potassium carbonate
16.6.3 Prepare protein solutions
16.6.12 Proteins are amphoteric
16.6.15 Reactions of urea with nitrous acid
16.6.16 Reactions of urea with soda lime
16.6.14 Reactions of urea, sodium hypochlorite
16.6.9 16.6.9 Tests for nitrogen content in food, Kjeldahl method
16.6.18 Urea acts as a base
16.6.13 Urea forms biuret, C2H5N3O2 Lactones Angelica lactone Atractylenolide II lactone Butenolide lactone Butylphthalide lactone Decanolactone GBL Gluconolactone Limonin lactone Phenolphthalein Phthalides lactone Protoanemonin lactone Sedanolide lactone. Sotolone lactone Spironolactone Tetrachlorophthalide Lactic acid
Lactic acid, 2-hydroxypropanoic acid, C3H6O3
Hygroscopic clear liquid or crystals.
Forms in cells at end stage of glucose metabolism in absence of oxygen and accumulates after strenuous exercise to cause cramp,
"stitch", in the diaphragm solar plexus.
It is manufactured by bacterial fermentation of sugars, or by heating glucose with certain concentrations of caustic potash
Lactic acid bacteria convert sugars into lactic acid, so are used in pickling, but also cause food spoilage, e.g. souring of milk by
Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Streptococcus mutans causes tooth decay.
It needs both glucose and fructose from the breakdown of sucrose in food and soft drinks to produce plaque and lactic acid.
Lactobacillus (over 120 species) converts lactose to lactic acid, in decaying plant substances, is benign in vagina and intestines,
extensively used as a leavening agent to make fermentation products.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus is used to produce yoghurt, kimchi, curds, ferments glucose and lactose to produce lactic acid. Lactic acid with potassium carbonate
The earliest leavening agent was potassium carbonate from wood ash, potash, that was used to react with lactic acid in a soured dough.
2(C3H6O3) + K2CO3 --> 2(KC3H5O3) + H2O + CO2
lactic acid + potassium carbonate --> potassium lactate + water + carbon dioxide. Lactones
Lactones are cyclic closed ring esters, a ring of two or more carbon atoms and a single oxygen atom with a ketone group at one of the
atoms adjacent to the other oxygen.
Lactones in natural products are used in the flavours and fragrance industry and may have antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticancer
Lactones form from dehydration of lactic acid, 2-hydroxypropanoic acid. Angelica lactone, a-angelica lactone, C5H6O2, white crystals, food grade flavour ingredient, cancer chemopreventative
in the digestive system, sweet nutty coconut odour, sweet creamy taste. Atractylenolide II lactone, C15H20O2, sesquiterpenoid, anti-inflammatory, bone formation, in Atractylodes macrocephala rhizome.
See diagram Atractylenolide II. Butenolide lactone, C4H4O2, 2-furanone, 2-butenolide, gamma-crotonolactone, simple lactone
("butenolides" is a class of lactones including vitamin C, ascorbic acid).
4-Hydroxy-2-butenoic acid gamma-lactone is used as a food additive
It belongs to the family of Butenolides, dihydrofurans with a carbonyk group at the C2 carbon atom. Butylphthalide lactone, C12H14O2, 3n-butylphthalide, 3-Butyl-1(3H)-isobenzofuranone,NPB, in celery smell and taste, treat disorders of nervous system.
in dill and used in trials studying the prevention of renarrowing of blood vessels.
See diagram Butylphthalide. Decanolactone, C10H18O2, 5-Hexyloxolan-2-one, γ-decalctone, gamma-decanolactone, 4-hexylbutanolide, peach flavour, occurs in coconut milk,
sherry, white wine, mango, cassava, loganberry, plum, used in flavourings.
Gamma-Decalactone; 706-14-9; 4-Decanolide; Gamma-Decanolactone; 2(3H)-Furanone, 5-hexyldihydro-; 5-hexyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one
See diagram Decanolactone. GBL, gamma-butyrolactone, 4-butyrolactone, C4H6O2, γ-butyrolactone, naturally occurring colourless oily
liquid with a characteristic pleasant odour used as a pharmacological agent and solvent stain remover and stripper, (including "Superglue").
A furan with a carbonyl thereby forming a cyclic lactone.
An endogenous compound made from gamma-aminobutyrate and precursor of gamma-hydroxybutyrate.
GBL can be converted to the hypnotic drug GHB, γ-hydroxybutyric acid, which is illegal in many countries.
See diagram GBL. Gluconolactone, C6H10O6, E575, glucono δ-lactone, acidity regulator, raising agent, with no known adverse affect after
consumption. Limonin lactone, C26H30O8, evodin, limonate-D-ring -lactone, a furanolactone, triterpenoid aglycone, bitter principle of
citrus fruits, from citrus seeds, may cause irritation, possibly anti-cancerous. Phenolphthalein, C20H14O4, weak acid, former laxative, prepared from phthalic anhydride, C6H4(CO)2O.
yellow-white to pale orange fine crystalline powder, odourless, tasteless,acidic in water, acid-base indicator in acid-base titrations,
colorless to pH 8.5, pink to red above pH 9, but colourless if large amount of alkali., cathartic medicine stimulating the intestinal
mucosa and constricting smooth muscles, suspected carcinogen.
See diagram Phenolphthalein. Phthalides lactone, C8H6O2, base of more complex chemicals including the following: Protoanemonin lactone, CH4O2, anemonol, ranunculol, lactone of 4-hydroxy-2, 4-pentadienoic acid, toxin in Ranunculaceae,
formed in wounded plant from glucoside ranunculin causing itch, rashes or blistering.
See diagram Protoanemonin Sedanolide lactone, C12H18O2, neocnidilide, phthalide-like compound, in celery smell and taste, in coriander and celery oil
Sedanenolide, C12 b>H16O2, senkyunolide.
See diagram Sedanolide Sotolone lactone, sotolon, caramel furanone, sugar lactone, C6H8O3, 3-Hydroxy-4, 5-dimethyl-2(5H)-furanone, flavouring
compound, in raw cane sugar, mature sake, coffee, fenugreek, lovage, wines, strong aroma as in fenugreek, maple syrup, caramel.
See diagram: Sotolone Spironolactone
Spironolactone (Aldactone) C24H32O4S, synthetic 17-lactone corticosteroid, which decreases reabsorption of sodium and water
and decreases the secretion of potassium, inhabits the effect of aldosterone, anti-androgen activity, treats heart failure, hair loss,
male baldness and acne, possibly reduce Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Spironolactone acts by antagonism of aldosterone in the distal renal tubules.
It is used mainly in the treatment of refractory edema in patients with congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome, or hepatic cirrhosis.
It is used in treatments of hirsutism and acne, but these treatments can lead to adverse effects.
Spironolactone is an aldosterone antagonist.
Spironolactone has antihypertensive, and antiandrogen activities.
Spironolactone competitively inhibits adrenocortical hormone aldosterone activity in the distal renal tubules, myocardium, and vasculature.
This agent may inhibit the pathophysiologic effects of aldosterone produced in excess by various types of malignant and benign tumors.
See diagram Spironolactone Tetrachlorophthalide, "phthalide", "fthalide", C8H2Cl4O2.
See diagram Tetrachlorophthalide

16.2.0 Aliphatic compounds
Aliphatic compounds describes all organic compounds that are not aromatic compounds, i.e. cyclic.
They are alkanes or alkenes or alkynes or derivatives of them.
They include complicated chemical compounds:
2, 4-dichlorophenol, Cl2C6H3OH, water, and soil pollutant
cis-7-dodecenyl acetate, E-5-dodecenyl acetate (E)-dodec-5-enyl acetate, C14H26O2, sex pheromone
Semiochemicals: Pheromones, e.g. 2-amonoacetophenone, H2NC6H4COCH3, produced by virgin honeybee queens to deter males. Amino acids
Amino acids have two functional groups, a carboxylic acid, COOH, and a primary amine, RNH2.
α-amino acids have the formula NH2CRHCOOH
amino acid + amino acid --> dipeptide + water
Amino acids are water-soluble organic compounds and are the primary products of nitrogen anabolism in plants.
Amino acids use peptide bonds to join and form short chain peptides and long chain polypeptides, e.g. proteins.
Only 20 of the hundred plant amino acids known, the primary protein amino acids, are used by all organisms in the formation of
peptides and proteins.
However, animals cannot synthesize all 20 amino acids.

From Peptide Guide, by Oleg Larin (D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia).
Most amino acids have the structure R-CH(NH2)COOH, with R = hydrogen or an organic group, aliphatic, aromatic or heterocyclic.
The α-amino acids in peptides and proteins (except proline), have
1. a carboxylic acid group (-COOH), and an amino group (-NH2, H3N+-), with these groups attached to the same carbon atom,
the α-carbon atom,
2. and an R-group (an organic group or H), that distinguishes one amino acid from another.
Amino acids have two functional groups, 1. a carboxylic acid and 2. a primary amine.
In strong acids the H2N group accepts a proton to form a positive ion.
In strong alkalis the -O-H group loses a proton to form a negative ion.
The carboxylic acid group tends to lose a proton to act as an acid.
-C=O(OH) <=> -C=O-O- + H+
The amine group tends to accept a proton to act as a base.
H-NH- + H+ <=> H-N+-H2-
So amino acids act as zwitterions, i.e. have both a positive and negative charge but an overall neutral charge

The 7 types of amino acids
See diagram Amino acids, Types 1 to 4
1. Amino acids with aliphatic R-groups, e.g. alanine, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, valine
2. Non-aromatic amino acids with hydroxyl R-groups, e.g. serine, threonine
3. Amino acids with sulfur-containing R-groups, e.g. cysteine, methionine
4. Acidic amino acids and their amides, e.g. aspartic acid, 2-aminopentanedioic acid, asparagine, glutamic acid, glutamine.

See diagram Amino acids, Types 5 and 6 and 7, and imino acid proline
5. Basic amino acids arginine, lysine, histidine
6. Amino acids with aromatic rings phenylalanine, tyrosine, tryptophan.
7. Imino acids proline, C5H9NO2. Amino acid nomenclature
The table below contains the trivial name of the L or D or DL-amino acid, e.g. Alanine, the IUPAC 3-letter code, e.g. Ala, the
systematic name, e.g. 2-Aminopropanoic acid, and the formula, e.g. CH3-CH(NH2)-COOH.
The ten essential amino acids, marked with *, must be in the diet because they cannot be synthesized.
Also, plant proteins may not contain sufficient lysine and tryptophan in the diets of strict vegetarians.
Carboxylic acids (fatty acids), R-(COOH)n, contain the group -CO.OH, i.e. -COOH, carbonyl group attached to a hydroxyl group,
are weak acids.
An anion formed from carboxylic acid is called a carboxylate.
Methanoic acid (formic acid), HCOOH
Ethanoic acid (acetic acid), CH3COOH
Propanoic acid (propionic acid), CH3CH2COOH
Butanoic acid (butyric acid), C3H7COOH
Pentanoic acid (valeric acid), CH3(CH2)COOH
Butanedioic acid (succinic acid) (CH2)2(COOH)2
The symbol Asx denotes Asp or Asn.

Numbering of carbon atoms
In acyclic amino acids, the carbon atom of the carboxyl group next to the carbon atom carrying the amino group is numbered 1.
The carbon atoms in proline are numbered as in pyrrolidine, the nitrogen atom being numbered 1, and proceeding towards the carboxyl
The carbon atoms in the aromatic rings of phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan are numbered as in systematic nomenclature, with 1,
(or 3 for tryptophan), designating the carbon atom bearing the aliphatic chain. Amino acids, Table of the 20 important naturally-occurring amino acids.
They are all α-amino acids because the amine group is on the carbon atom next to the -CO2H group.
The general formula is N2HRCHC=OOH
* = essential amino acid, must be in the diet
1. Alanine, Ala, C3H7NO2, 2-aminopropanoic acid, CH3-CH(NH2)-COOH
2. Arginine *, Arg, C6H14N4O2, L-arginne, 2-amino-5-guanidinopentanoic acid, H2N-C(=NH)-NH-[CH2]3-CH(NH2)-COOH
3. Asparagine, Asn, C4H8N2O3, L-asparagine, 2-amino-3-carbamoylpropanoic acid, H2N-CO-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
4. Aspartic acid, Asp, C4H7NO4, L-aspartic acid, 2-aminobutanedioic acid, HOOC-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
5. Cysteine, Cys, C3H7NO2S, L-cysteine, 2-amino-3-mercaptopropanoic acid, HS-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
6. Glutamic acid, Glu, C5H9NO4, L-glutamic acid, 2-aminopentanedioic acid, HOOC-[CH2]2-CH(NH2)-COOH
7. Glutamine, Gln, C5H10N2O3, L-glutamine, 2-amino-4-carbamoylbutanoic acid, H2N-CO-[CH2]2-CH(NH2)-COOH
8. Glycine, Gly, C2H5NO2, 2-aminoethanoic acid, CH2(NH2)-COOH
9. Histidine *, His, C6H9N3O2, L-histidine, 2-amino-3-(1H-imidazol-4-yl)-propanoic acid
10. Isoleucine *, Ile, C6H13NO2, L-isoleucine, 2-amino-3-methylpentanoic acid, C2H5-CH(CH3)-CH(NH2)-COOH
11. Leucine *, Leu, C6H13NO2, L-leucine, 2-amino-4-methylpentanoic acid (CH3)2CH-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
12. Lysine *, Lys, C6H14N2O2, L-lysine, 2, 6-Diaminohexanoic acid, H2N-[CH2]4-CH(NH2)-COOH
13. Methionine *, C5H11NO2S, L-methionine, Met, 2-amino-4-(methylthio)butanoic acid, CH3-S-[CH2]2-CH(NH2)-COOH
14. Phenylalanine *, Phe, C9H11NO2, L-phenylalanine, 2-amino-3-phenylpropanoic acid, C6H5-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
Three forms, D-phenylalanine, L-phenylalanine, and DL-phenylalanine, but only L-phenylalanine is an essential amino acid.
15. Proline, Pro, C5H9NO2, L-proline, Pyrrolidine-2-carboxylic acid, proline (CH2)3NHCHCOOH, (a cyclic "imino" acid!)
16. Serine, Ser, C3H7NO3, L-serine, amino-3-hydroxypropanoic acid, HO-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH
17. Threonine *, Thr, C4H9NO3, L-threonine, 2-amino-3-hydroxybutanoicacid, CH3-CH(OH)-CH(NH2)-COOH
18. Tryptophan *, Trp, C11H12N2O2, L-tryptophan, 2-amino-3-(lH-indol-3-yl)-propanoic acid, C11H12N2O2
19. Tyrosine, Tyr, C9H11NO3, L-tyrosine, 2-amino-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-propanoic acid, C9H11NO3
20. Valine *, Val, C5H11NO2, L-valine, 2-amino-3-methylbutanoic acid (CH3)2CH-CH(NH2)-COOH. Amines, C2H5NH2
Amines are produced by the decay of organic matter, ammonia-derivative organic compounds of nitrogen where one or more
hydrogen atoms has been replaced by a hydrocarbon radical, an alkyl or aryl group.
Amines are organic derivative of ammonia, NH3, where one, two or three hydrogen atoms are replaced by alkyl groups as a primary
amine, secondary amine or tertiary amine, e.g. trimethylamine CH3NCH3CH3.
Amines usually act as weak bases that form ammonium salts that are more soluble in water than the original amine, e.g. cough medicine
may contain the cough suppressants dextramethorphan hydrobromide or the decongestant, expectorant, pseudoephidrine
hydrochloride and ephedrine.
Amines, RNH2 (amino, -NH2), amine, e.g. methylamine CH3NH2
Amines, aliphatic amines (RNH2-, R = alkyl group). Amides, C=ONH2
An amide has the functional group C=ONH2.
The -OH in a carboxylic acid is replaced by an -NH2 group.
RC=O(OH) + NH3 --> RC=ONH2 + H2O
carboxylic acid + ammonia --> amide + water
Methanamide, HCONH2, CH3NO, formamide, amide of formic acid, HCOOH
Ethanamide, CH3CONH2, C2H5NO, acetamide, amide of acetic acid, CH3COOH
Propanamide (propionamide), CH3CH2CONH2, C3H7NO, amide of propanoic acid (propionic acid), CH3CH2COOH
Butanamide (butyramide), CH3CH2CH2CONH2, C4H9NO, amide of butyric acid (butanoic acid), CH3CH2CH2COOH
"oic amide", e.g. propane C3H8, so CH3CH2CONH2 is propanoic amide, propanamide
Methylethanamide, CH3CONHCH3, smells like a mouse!
So the molecules RC=ONR2, where C=O refers to a carbonyl group, are called amides, not than amines.
Also, if an N-H group has been replaced by an N-M group (M = metal) are also called amides.
Amide linkage (peptide linkage) : -C=O-NH-
Amide suffix: -oic, or -amide
Cyclic amides: Lactams
List of amides: 1.6
Amides group: -CONH2, or RCONH2:

Cyclic amides are called lactams, e.g. the beta-lactam 2-Azetidinone, C3H5NO
Lactams (-NH(CO-), caprolactam (6-hexanelactam (C6H11NO):

Peptides, peptide bond Peptide bond
Peptides are formed when two amino acids are joined by a peptide bond
Compounds formed by the linkage of amino acids in amide linkages are called peptides.
So two amino acids can form a dipeptide, three amino acids can form a tripeptide, about 50 amino acids can form a polypeptide, and
more than 50 amino acids can from a protein molecule.
However, when a protein or polypeptide is boiled in 6 M hydrochloric acid for a long period, all the peptide linkages are hydrolysed
and all the original amino acids can be recovered as separate molecules.

Polypeptides are polyamides formed from the same or different amino acid monomers.
A protein is a large polypeptide.
The dipeptide unit still has -NH2 and -COOH groups, so it can continue to react to form polypeptides by condensation.
However, polypeptides are usually composed of many different amino acids.

Protein is a "macronutrient, ", i.e. the body needs large amounts of it.
Unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, so has no reservoir to draw on when it is needed.
The basic structure of protein is a chain of amino acids.
Of the 20 amino acids the human body needs to make proteins, the body itself produces only 12 amino acids.
Proteins, peptides, and amino acids are used to make:
1. Structural proteins for the body and its organs and tissues
2. Enzymes for catalysts in biochemical reactions
3. Hormones, e.g. insulin to regulate the blood sugar level
4. Antibodies to protect from viruses and bacteria
5. Intermediates in complex reactions, e.g. ornithine [H2NCH2CH2CH2CH(NH2)COOH]. Structural forms of proteins
1. Primary proteins with a straight chain of amino acids
2. Secondary proteins with a helical coil of amino acids stabilized by hydrogen bonds
3. Tertiary proteins with folding and looping of a coiled polypeptide stabilized by hydrogen bonds
4. Quaternary proteins with four joined tertiary proteins, e.g. haemoglobin. Fibrous proteins and globular proteins
1. Fibrous proteins are usually insoluble in water and form long coiled strands, e.g. keratin, collagen, actin, myosin, fibrin.
1.1 Collagen is an insoluble fibrous protein in connective tissue, e.g. tendons, skin, bone.
1.2 Keratin, C47H77N13O15, contains the cysteine molecule formed by oxidation between sulfhydryl groups, -SH, of 2 cysteine
molecules to form disulfide bonds, -S-S-, for strong proteins as in hair.
See diagram: Keratin.

2. Globular proteins
Globular proteins are usually water-soluble, e.g. enzymes, antibodies, haemoglobin, casein, albumin, insulin.

3. Proteins lose their structure and coagulate when heated above 50oC, or are acted on by acids or alkalis, e.g. egg white.
Such proteins lose their biological function, i.e. become denatured.
Peptides and polypeptides are polymers of the 20 α-amino acids are listed below.
Other amino acids with special functions occur in the mammal body free or in combined states, i.e. not associated with peptides or
Some α-amino acids listed below have functions other than forming peptides and proteins, e.g. tyrosine is used to form thyroid
hormones. Prions, "Mad cow disease"
A prion is a protein with an abnormal tertiary structure that may force normal proteins to fold abnormally and destroy brain tissue.
They may be transmitted by eating infected brain tissue in animal feed or humans to cause spongiform encephalopathies diseases.
e.g. scrapie and BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) in sheep, Mad Cow Disease in cows, and CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease),
Kuru, (Alpers Syndrome), laughing disease in humans.
In mammals, the only prion protein is PrPSc, the misfolded conformer of the cellular prion protein PrPC, found throughout the body,
but mainly in the central nervous system.
PrPSc has multiple states, from small soluble oligomers to long, insoluble amyloid fibrils, depending on the stage of disease.
Perhaps it is the soluble oligomers, not the amyloid fibrils, that cause toxicity and pathenogenesis.
The prion protein interacts with amyloid beta, one of the key proteins underlying Alzheimers disease. Methanoic acid, (formic acid), ionization reaction
Formic acid, HCOOH, is a colourless, corrosive liquid with a pungent odour, prepared by passing carbon monoxide and steam under
pressure over a hot catalyst.
Ionization reaction, Ka = 1.8 × 10-4
HCOOH + H2O <--> H3O+ + HCOO-. Ethanoic acid, (acetic acid), ionization reaction
Ethanoic acid, CH3COOH, prepared by destructive distillation of wood, oxidation of ethanol, synthesized from ethyne (acetylene)
Acetic acid is a weak acid and is used as a preservative.
Vinegar, prepared by fermentation of fruit juices, e.g. grape juice and cider, contains 3 to 6% acetic acid.
Ionization reaction, Ka = 1.76 × 10-5
CH3COOH + H2O <--> H3O+ + CH3COO-
The oxidation of ethanol under reflux with an acidified dichromate solution can be extremely vigorous so make sure that no undissolved
chromate or dichromate salt is present.
Add acidified dichromate solution drop-by-drop and with vigorous mixing before heating. Propanoic acid, (propionic acid), ionization reaction
Naturally occurring, colourless, pungent fatty acid.
Sodium and calcium salts are used to inhibit mould in animal feed and bread, e.g. in bread, calcium propionate, food additive E282,
preservative, anti fungal mould inhibitor
Ionization reaction, Ka = 1.34 × 10-5
The anions, CH3CH2COO-, are called propionates (propanoates). Butanoic acid
Butanoic acid, C3H7COOH, butyric acid, n-butyric acid (use < 10 mL), Harmful by all routes
Butanoic acid, C3H7COOH, butyric acid, is in the form of two isomers, normal butyric acid (n-butyric acid), and isobutyric acid.
The n-butyric acid is a thick liquid with a rancid butter odour and occurs in rancid butter and human sweat.
It is used to prepare flavour and perfume esters, e.g. methyl butanoate (rum odour), ethyl butanoate (pineapple odour).
It is a weak acid, Ka = 1.5 × 10-5. Pentanoic acid, valeric acid
Pentanoic acid (valeric acid), Valeric acids are in the form of four isomers
1. n-valeric acid, pentanoic acid, CH3(CH2)COOH, a colourless liquid used in perfume.
2. iso-valeric acid, 3-methyl butanoic acid (CH3)2=CHCH2COOH,
3. methylethylacetic acid, 2-methyl butanoic acid (CH3)(C2H5)CHCOOH,
4. pivalic acid, 2, 2-dimetyl propanoic acid (CH3)3CCOOH.
Valeric acids have unpleasant odours but valerian herb, which contains them, has a pleasant odour.
Valeriana fauriei (V. officinalis var. angustifolia, var. latifolia), valerian, European v., Belgian v., fragrant v., Japanese v., kesso
root, Valerianaceae
Valeriana wallichii, Indian valerian, Valerianaceae. Butanedioic acid
Butanedioic acid, HOOCCH2CH2COOH, succinic acid, spirit of amber, colourless crystals, citric acid cycle, in two colourless
crystalline forms, the cis from is maleic acid and the trans form is fumaric acid.
They are used to make synthetic alkyd thermoset resins.
It occurs in sugar cane juice, castor oil plant and animal tissues as an intermediate stage of the Krebs cycle.

16.3.16 Glycoproteins
If the sugars are bound to proteins they are called glycoprotein or bound to fats they are called glycolipids.
Glycoproteins are the proteins covalently attached to carbohydrates such as glucose, galactose, lactose, fucose, sialic acid,
N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, etc.
Glycolipids are carbohydrate-attached lipids.
Their role is to provide energy and also serve as markers for cellular recognition.
Collectively they are called glycoconjugates of which 11 % of the human body is composed.
Glycoproteins are the most common conjugated proteins.
Glycoproteins are proteins with covalently attached sugar units, i.e. complex polypeptides + polysaccharides chains.
They are protective agents and lubricants and are often found in cell walls.
There are two main types 1. O-linked glycans have N-acetylgalactosamine attached to the O-terminus of a threonine or serine residue,
N-linked glycans have N-acetylglucosamine bonded to the amide nitrogen of an asparagine molecule.
N-acetylglucosamine is a glucose molecule bonded to an amine group bonded to a hydroxyl group.
Glycoproteins on erythrocytes control interaction of blood group substances with antibodies.
So they are involved in cell recognition in T-cells, HIV Aids, blood cell antigens, antibodies and pollen recognition.
Laminins, cross-shaped glycoproteins in extracellular matrix of animals and plants.

16.3.17 Lectins
Lectins are a kind of defensive plant protein in seeds which protect them against common pests, sometimes described as
"built-in insecticides".
Lectins are sugarbinding proteins, obtained mainly from the seeds of legumes, which bind specifically to certain sugars or saccharide
residues causing agglutination of particular cells.
Seed lectins are toxic to humans only when the seed is eaten raw, denatured by cooking for
about 20 minutes. Lectins occur in most types of beans, e.g soybeans, grains, dairy products, potato, tomato, eggplant and pepper
Dairy lectins have been implicated in juvenile onset type I diabetes.
Wheat lectins have been implicated in juvenile nephropathy.
Lectins from soy, peanut, wheat germ, milk, nightshades, have caused damage to gut lining, joints, kidney, pancreas and brain.
Lectins found in peanut oil have been implicated in atherosclerosis.
The reaction between the agglutinin and the cell membrane causes alteration of the cell function thus producing the toxic effect.
Lectins in plants bind glycoproteins on the surface of cells
Lectins in animals also bind of soluble extracellular and intercellular glycoproteins.
Lectins in the immune system may recognize carbohydrates found exclusively on pathogens.
Lectins are used in resaerch to to clump red blood cells according to blood group and to stimulate mitosis.

Lectins include the following.
Concanavaline A

Abrinin an extremly toxic toxicalbumin, a ribosome-inactivating protein in seeds of Jequirity pea.
Abrin, as a white-tyellow powder, is an extremely toxic plant protein that inhibits synthesis of proteins, causes allergic reactions and may
be fatal if absorbed through abraded or wounded skin.
Albrin (ABR) may cause death of certain cancer cells.

Concanavaline A
A, C10H13N5O4, carbohydrate-binding protein,
occurs in Canavalia
(jackbean), its useful chemical properties and carbohydrate binding properties are
used in research on organic substances.
It is now sold by chemical suppliers.

Hemagglutinins (haemagglutinins), cause agglutination of red blood cells.
Lectin hemagglutinins, phytohemagglutinins (PHA), occur in many types of bean, but the highest concentration is in red kidney
beans, Phaseolus vulgaris, which may cause intestinal problems, diarrhoea and vomiting.
The disorder is unpleasant but not toxic.
These beans must be first soaked and cooked in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
Cooking in less than boiling water may increase the toxicity of the beans!

Ricin is a poisonous glycoprotein in the seeds of the castor plant, Ricinus communis, and there is no antidote for ricin
However, ricin is water-soluble, so it should not be present in castor oil expressed from the castor bean.
If castor bean seed seeds are chewed or swallowed, ricin may prevent protein synthesis, although some ricin is inactivated in the
Castor bean seed contains type 2 types of disulfide-linked chains of ribose-inactivating protein, RIP.
Ricinus communis agglutinin (RCA) occurs in two forms designated RCA60 and RCA120 according to their mol. wt. of approx. 60,000 and 120,000 respectively. 1. RCA120, also referred to as RCAI is an agglutinin and has an affinity for terminal beta-D-galactosyl residues. Ricin toxic A chain, N-glycoside hydrolase, Ricinus communis agglutinin, RCAI, containing many amino acids which causes red blood cells to agglutinate and
burst by haemolysis.
2. RCA60, also referred to as RCAII or Ricin D is extremely toxic, inhibits protein synthesis and has an affinity for N-acetyl-D-galactosamine. Ricin toxic B chain, lectin, many amino acids, RCAII, Ricinus communis agglutinin II is an extremely toxic glycoprotein consisting of two disulfide-linked chains termed A and B chain.. The B chain can bind to cell surfaces via galactose or N-acetylgalactosamine residues of membrane glycoconjugates and facilitates the transport of
the lectin into the cell. The A chain has an enzyme activity which can catalytically block protein synthesis and is so toxic that only a single molecule of A chain is required to kill a cell. Alone, the A chain is incapable of entering the cell and is thus not toxic. Ricin could be used in chemical warfare and in 1978, Bulgarian Georgi Markov died when injected with ricin from a poisoned umbrella
tip, however, ricin may cause death of certain cancer cells because RCAI-specific cell surface glycoproteins may cause metastasis in breast> The ricin toxins are mostly stable to proteolytic enzymes and so are not destroyed when taken orally.
Trichosanthin, lectin, protein, ribosome-inactivating protein, toxic, proposed antiviral used to treat HIV-AIDS, abortifacient, in
Chinese medicine herb, tian hua fen, Trichosanthes kirilowii, (snake gourd), beta-trichosanthin in Trichosanthes cucumeroides

16.4.0 Oleoresins, balsams, "gums"
Oleoresins are prepared from common spices dissolved in alcohols or hydrocarbons, in contrast to
essential oils obtained by steam distillation.
Oleoresins are like the concretes obtained especially from flowers used for perfumes.
Oleoresins from gymnosperm trees are made from the nonvolatile diterpene residue called rosin.

16.4.3 Incenses containing strong-scented oleoresins, e.g. frankincense, myrrh.

16.4.4 "Natural lacquer", poison ivy, and shellac form from resinous excretions of the lac insect, (Tachardia lacca).

16.4.5 Amber resin is made of nonvolatile terpenes from subterranean deposits of resin from pine trees, a yellow, translucent,
fossilized vegetable resin. (Hymenaea courbaril).

16.4.6 Phenolic resins of hashish the pure resin of marijuana, contain volatile monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes + phenolic
cannabinoids, e.g. psychoactive δ-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an alcohol.

16.5.0 Esters
Esters, derivatives of fatty acids (RCOOR'), Esters group (-COOR), Suffix (-oate)
See diagram Esters
Esters (RCOOR', R(C=O)OR') (-oate), derivatives of fatty acids ethyl ethanoate (ethyl acetate) (CH3COOC2H5,
H3C=OOCH2CH3), [glyceride (acyl glycerol), fatty acid ester of glycerol HOCH2CH(OH)CH2OH].

Esters include
1. methyl butanoate (methyl butyrate) apple or pineapple C5H10O2,
2. ethyl methanoate (ethyl formate), rum smell, raspberry taste, in ants and bee stingers, C3H6O2,
3. ethyl butanoate (ethyl butryate, butyric ether), pineapple oil, C6H12O2,
4. pentyl ethanoate, pentyl acetate, amyl acetate, banana essence, pear oil, isoamyl acetate, isopentyl acetate, C7H14O2,
5. methyl salicylate, oil of wintergreen, C8H8O3
6. melissyl palmitate, beeswax, C15H31COOC30H61.

16.5.01 Ethyl acetoactonate, (ethyl 3-oxobutanoate)
ethyl ethanoate + sodium ethoxide --> ethyl acetoacetonate (3-oxobutanoate), CH3COCH2COOC2H5 (acetoacetic ester),
(hydrolysis + acid), --> acetoacetic acid (3-oxobutanoic acid),
CH3COCH2COOH (unstable beta-keto acid),
acetoacetic acid --> acetone + carbon dioxide.

16.5.02 Chlorogenic acid, C16H18O9 (CGA)
Ester of caffeic acid, C9H8O4, and quinic acid, C7H12O6 (contains no chlorine!), an hydroxycinnamic acid, antioxidant ester, food
additive, in torch ginger (Etlingera elatior), bamboo, Phyllostachys edulis, heather Calluna vulgaris, prunes, peach, green coffee beans.

16.5.1 Prepare ethyl chloride, chloroethane
Ethyl chloride (C2H5Cl), is an alkyl halide, a colourless flammable gas at room temperature and pressure, ether-like odour, burning
taste, flammable gas, burns with a smoky, green flame to form hydrogen chloride, reacts violently with oxidants, alkaline metals, calcium,
magnesium, aluminium powder, and zinc, reacts with water or steam to produce fumes of hydrogen chloride
See diagram 1.13 Smelling chemicals
Pour ethyl alcohol or methylated spirit into a test-tube.
Note the odour.
Test the liquid with litmus paper.
No colour change occurs.
Add dilute hydrochloric acid.
Heat the mixture gently by putting the test-tube in hot water.
Smell any gas coming from the test-tube.
Be careful! Do not inhale gases directly from the test-tube.
Fan the gas towards the nose with the hand and sniff cautiously.
If no odour is detected, move closer and try again.
Cool the mixtures and add drops of concentrated sulfuric acid.
Heat the mixture gently by putting the test-tube in hot water.
Note the sweet "ethereal" smell. Be careful! Smell for not more than one second.
The gases may cause general anaesthesia.

The heated sulfuric acid acts as a catalyst.
HCl (aq) + C2H5OH (l) --> C2H5Cl (g) + H2O (l)
hydrochloric acid + ethanol --> ethyl chloride + water.

16.5.2 Prepare ethyl acetate, (ethyl ethanoate)
Alcohols react with organic acids to produce esters and water.
Esters are non-electrolytes, so they must be heated to speed the reaction.
Sulfuric acid is used for a dehydrating agent and catalyst to join the other portions of the reactant alcohol and acid to produce the ester.
Ethyl ethanoate (ethyl acetate, acetic ether [CH3COOC2H5]), is a colourless liquid with a fruity smell used as a solvent for lacquers
and paints.
Esters of low molecular mass have fruity smells and are found in flavours and perfumes.
The semi-structural formula is R1COOHR2.
R = alkyl groups, e.g. R1 = CH3 and R2 = C2H5.
When you heat a mixture of ester and water it produces a mixture of alkanoic acid and alkanol in an equilibrium mixture.

16.5.3 Prepare esters
Prepare esters, organic acid + alcohol --> ester + water
See diagram 16.5.3 Prepare esters
1. Add drops of concentrated sulfuric acid then heat the test-tube gently in hot water.
Note the odour of the ester, e.g. pentyl ethanoate smells of apricots and octyl acetate smells of oranges.

2. Add five drops of ethanoic acid (glacial acetic acid), to five drops of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) with one drop of concentrated sulfuric
acid as a catalyst.
Heat the test-tube gently.
Note the fruity odour of ethyl acetate and the sharp odour of acetic acid.
This is a reversible reaction so it forms an equilibrium mixture of reactants and products.
The carboxylic acid and the alcohol react to form an ester and a molecule of water is eliminated
alkanol + alkanoic acid <--> ester + water (H+ catalyst)
R1COOH + R2OH <--> R1COOR2 + H2O
organic acid + alcohol <--> ester + water
CH3COOH + C2H5OH <--> CH3COOC2H5 + H2O
ethanoic acid + ethanol <--> ethyl ethanoate + water
(acetic acid + ethyl alcohol <--> ethyl acetate + water)
This reaction is a nucleophilic substitution reaction.

16.5.4 Hydrolysis of esters
1. Add acid to an ester.
The H+ of the acid catalyses the hydrolysis.
CH3COOC2H5 + HOH (H2O) --> CH3COOH + C2H5OH.

2. Add alkali to an ester.
This is called saponification because the reaction is used to prepare soap.
CH3COOC2H5 + NaOH --> CH3COONa + C2H5OH.

3. Reaction of esters with water
3.1 Reaction with water - acid catalyst
Esters react with water at room temperature, in the presence of a strong acid catalyst, to form an equilibrium mixture of carboxylic
acid, alcohol, ester and water.
RC=O-OR' + H2O [with H+ catalyst] <=> RC=O-O-H + R'-O-H
ester + water <=> carboxylic acid + alcohol
3.2 Reaction with water - base catalyst
See diagram 16.5.4 Reaction of esters with water, NaOH catalyst
Esters react with water at room temperature, in the presence of a base catalyst, e.g. sodium hydroxide, to form an alcohol and the salt
of the acid, so the equilibrium moves to the right as the acid is removed from the reaction.

16.5.5 Prepare methyl salicylate, (oil of wintergreen)
Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen, HOC6H4COOMe), has the odour of "oil of wintergreen" and is used for liniments.
Add 1 g of salicylic acid to a mixture of 1 mL of methyl alcohol and three drops of sulfuric acid in a test-tube.
Heat the test-tube gently and note the odour of the ester produced by the reaction.
methyl alcohol + salicylic acid --> methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen).

16.5.6 Prepare amyl acetate, (pear oil)
Amyl acetate ester, CH3COO(CH2)4CH3, isoamyl acetate, pentyl acetate n-amyl acetate, n-pentyl acetate, has "banana" odour, but
some people cannot smell its banana apple smell, possibly for genetic reasons.
Amyl acetate (pear oil, pentyl ethanoate, CH3COOC5H11), has the odour of bananas or pears.
Mix 5 mL of ethanoic acid (acetic acid), 3 mL of pentan-1-ol (amyl alcohol, n-pentyl alcohol, C5H11OH), and 1 mL of sulfuric acid
in a test-tube.
Heat the test-tube gently and note the odour of the ester produced by the reaction.
amyl alcohol (l) + acetic acid --> amyl acetate (banana or pear oil).

16.5.7 Prepare ethyl butyrate, (pineapple oil)
Ethyl butyrate, ethyl butanoate, C6H12O2, butyric ether, an ester, flavouring ingredient, colourless liquid, odour of pineapples, in many
fruit, e.g. apple, banana, less dense than water, insoluble in water
Mix in a test-tube 1 mL of concentrated sulfuric acid and 2 mL of ethanol.
Add 2 mL of n-butyric acid (butanoic acid, C3H7COOH). It smells like rancid butter.
Heat the test-tube gently and note the odour of the ester produced by the reaction.
ethyl alcohol + butyric acid --> ethyl butyrate (pineapple oil), condensation reaction.

16.5.8 Prepare ethyl acetate 2
1. Repeat the above experiment with two drops of glacial ethanoic acid, (acetic acid), in place of the ethanol.
Connect a delivery tube from the test-tube to a solution of lime water.
Test for carbon dioxide during the reaction.
The odour of acetic acid disappears.
The reaction produces ethyl acetate.

2. Mix 2 mL ethyl alcohol with 3 mL acetic acid in a test-tube.
Add 3 drops concentrated sulfuric acid.
Heat the mixture gently by immersing the test-tube in hot water.
Cautiously note the odour of the ethyl acetate produced and compare it with the odours of ethyl alcohol and acetic acid.
Ethyl acetate has a fragrant odour different from the wine-like odour of ethyl alcohol and the sharp odour of acetic acid.
[heated with sulfuric acid] ethyl alcohol (l) + acetic acid (aq) --> water (l) + ethyl acetate (aq).

16.5.9 Prepare methyl chloride gas
Pour 5 mL methyl alcohol and 5 mL ethyl alcohol into separate test-tubes.
Note their odours.
Drop small pieces of red and blue litmus paper into each liquid.
Add to each about 5 mL of dilute hydrochloric acid.
If you see no visible signs of reaction, warm each mixture gently by standing the tube in hot water for 5 minutes.
Cautiously smell any gas that may be coming from the test-tubes.
Be careful! Sulfuric acid is a corrosive chemical!
Cool the mixtures and add a few drops of concentrated sulfuric acid to each test-tube.
If you see no visible signs of reaction, warm each mixture gently by standing the tube in hot water for 5 minutes.
Cautiously smell any gas that may be coming from the test-tubes.
Avoid smelling for more than one second any gases liberated, since one of them can cause general anaesthesia when inhaled in
sufficient quantity.
Although there is no apparent reaction when hydrochloric acid is mixed with either of the two alcohols, after heating the mixture with
concentrated sulfuric acid, a reaction occurs shown by the production of a gas with a sweetish "ethereal" smell.
[heated with sulfuric acid] methyl alcohol (l) + hydrochloric acid (aq) --> water (l) + methyl chloride (g).

16.5.10 Rubbing alcohol, surgical spirit
Rubbing alcohol is usually isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol, 2-propanol, (CH3)2CHOH), but in some countries, "rubbing alcohol" is a
specified mixture of ethanol and water.
Surgical spirit is a methylated spirit, i.e. ethyl alcohol, denatured with methyl alcohol to prevent its use as an alcoholic beverage.
Different brands of "surgical spirit" may also contain other liquids.
It is used to clean body surfaces before surgery.
However, some people use the term "surgical spirit" for isopropanol.

16.6.3 Prepare protein solutions
1. Shake the white of an egg in its own volume of water.
2. Squash peas in water, filter and use the filtrate.
3. Make a gelatine solution from a household "jelly" preparation
4. Collect solid proteins, e.g. hair, feathers.

16.6.9 Tests for nitrogen content in food, Kjeldahl method
(Johan Kjeldahl, 1849-1900, Denmark)
1. Be careful! Do this experiment in a fume cupboard.
Add 10 mL of concentrated sulfuric acid to 0.5 g of urea in a long necked flask (Kjeldahl Flask).
Add potassium hydrogen sulfate to raise the boiling point of the acid and complete the decomposition of the protein.
Boil in a fume cupboard for 10 minutes.
Leave to cool then add 100 mL water.
Add strong sodium hydroxide solution (30%), and anti-bumping granules.
Distil the mixture.
Test for ammonia in the distillate.
For volumetric titration, pass all the ammonia through 1 M acid solution.
The ammonia neutralizes some acid.
Titrate the acid left over with an alkali to find how much acid used by the ammonia.

2. Repeat the experiment with 5 g egg albumen (egg white).
H2SO4 (aq) + 2NH3 (g) --> (NH4)2SO4 (aq).

16.6.12 Proteins are amphoteric
Amino acids are amphoteric in that they contain both acidic and basic groups in their molecules.
Proteins dissolve in alkalis and in concentrated solutions of acids.
In alkaline solutions proteins are negatively charged.
In strongly acid solutions proteins are positively charged.
They are uncharged at the isoelectric point and are precipitated.
At pH higher than the isoelectric point, a protein acts as an acid.
At pH lower than the isoelectric point the protein acts as a base.
When acting as an acid a protein forms a fast colour
with a basic dye, e.g. methylene blue.
When acting as a base, a protein reacts with an acid dye, e.g. eosin.

To show the amphoteric nature of a protein, prepare four test-tubes, two containing eosin, and two containing methylene blue.
1. Add a white feather or white wool to each test-tube.
Add 3 drops of acetic acid to one eosin solution and 3 drops of concentrated ammonia solution (ammonium hydroxide), to the other
eosin solution.
Leave to stand for five minutes.
Wash the feather or wool and note the fast dyeing in the eosin and acid solution.
The protein acted as a base in the presence of the acid, and reacted with the acid dye eosin.
2. Add 3 drops of acetic acid to one of the methylene blue solutions and 3 drops of concentrated ammonia solution (ammonium
hydroxide), to the other methylene blue solution.
Leave to stand for five minutes.
Wash the feather or wool or feather and note the fast dyeing in the alkaline solution.
The protein acts as an acid in alkaline solution and reacts with the basic dye methylene blue.

16.6.13 Urea forms biuret, C2H5N3O2
Heat some crystals of dry urea slowly in a test-tube until the liquid that forms solidifies again as the white solid called biuret,
Dissolve the biuret in water for use in the biuret reaction.
2NH2.CO.NH2 --> NH2.CO.NH.CO.NH2 + NH3.
In the biuret reaction, alkaline copper sulfate solution turns from blue to violet colour with compounds containing the amino group
This reaction is used as the biuret test for proteins to detect the peptide bond.

16.6.14 Reactions of urea with sodium hypochlorite
Dissolve crystals of urea in the minimum amount of water.
Add drops of sodium hypochlorite solution.
Nitrogen gas forms.
Carbon dioxide gas also forms but it dissolves in the alkaline solution.
NH2.CO.NH2 + 3NaOCl --> N2 + 2H2O + 3NaCl + CO2.

16.6.15 Reactions of urea with nitrous acid
Add an equal volume of dilute hydrochloric acid to a saturated solution of sodium nitrite.
Cool under the tap.
When the effervescence has moderated, add drops of a solution of urea.
Nitrogen gas forms.
NH2.CO.NH2 + 2HNO2 --> 2N2 + CO2 + 3H2O.

16.6.16 Reactions of urea with soda lime
Heat a mixture of urea and soda lime.
Test the gas formed for ammonia.
NH2.CO.NH2 + 2NaOH --> 2NH3 + Na2CO3.

16.6.17 Hydrolysis of urea with urease
1. Urea + (urease catalyst) --> ammonia + carbon dioxide
If a solution of urea is first made slightly acidic using 0.1 M ethanoic acid, the ammonia produced as a result of enzyme activity will
progressively neutralize the acid.
So if universal indicator is added, there will be a colour change as the reaction progresses.

1. Working concentrations suggested by the supplier 2 mL 0.1 M ethanoic acid, 10 drops of universal indicator, 5 mL urea (10%),
2 mL urease (5%).

2. Dissolve urea crystals in water.
Add a tablet of urease or soya flour and keep at 40oC for a minute.
Test for ammonia.
The enzyme, urease, hydrolyses the urea.
NH2.CO.NH2 + H2O --> 2NH3 + CO2.

16.6.18 Urea acts as a base
Add an equal volume of concentrated nitric acid to a saturated solution of urea.
The white precipitate is urea nitrate (NH2.CO.NH2.HNO3). Tests for pectin in jelly and jam
To test whether fruit juice has enough pectin for jelly, stir together 5 mL (1 tsp) of fruit juice with 15 mL (1 tbsp) of methylated spirits.
If the juice forms one big clot, which can be picked up with a fork without breaking, it has sufficient pectin.
If the juice is low in pectin, several small clots will form.
This is a poisonous mixture, so do not taste it and discard it immediately after the test.
If fruit juice contains too much pectin, it flows slowly, so add sugar.
If the pectin is low, add apples, crabapple, chokecherry, which are high in pectin, to assure gelation.
Boil the juice to concentrate the pectin.
However, heating vigorously can break down the pectin with a loss of gelling power and flavour.
Test for pectin every minute.
Once the clot forms, add only 175 mL (3/4 cup) sugar for every 250 mL (1 cup) juice.
Measure fruit juice pH.
Best gelation occurs if pH is between 3.1 and 3.4.
If pH is too high, the jelly is watery and will not set.
To make pectin, combine 1 kg of sliced unpeeled crabapples and 750 mL of water.
Simmer 30 to 40 minutes, adding water as needed.
Drain and press through moistened cheesecloth.
To clear, heat the juice and pour through a moistened jelly bag.
If a good pectin clot is obtained, bring the juice to a boil and freeze the pectin for later use.
If a clot does not form, simmer gently to reduce the water content of the juice.
usually, 1000 mL (4 cups) of homemade pectin replaces 85 mL of liquid pectin. Prepare jelly with fresh and tinned pineapple
Jelly, "Jello", is not recommended with pineapple Ananas comosus, papaya Carica papaya, figs Ficus carica, guava
Psidium guajava, kiwi fruit Actinidia chinensis, and ginger root Zingiber officinale, because they contain proteolytic enzymes that
prevent the gelatine from setting.
Prepare two small jellies, one containing crushed fresh pineapple, the other containing crushed tinned pineapple.
Leave to set.
When the tinned pineapple jelly is firmly set, shake the jelly containing the fresh pineapple.
It has not set well because the fresh pineapple contains enzymes that digest protein in the jelly.
The enzymes in the tinned pineapple have become inactive because of heating and processing.

16.7.10 Albumen (egg white) and egg yolk
The texture of egg yolk and egg white, albumen, is because of the dissolved globular proteins with outer charges that attract water
molecules and prevent other proteins from clumping them together.
However, when egg are heated, as in making scrambled eggs, the globular proteins unravel, denature, exposing the inner charges on the
proteins causing the S-H groups on the amino acid cysteine to oxidize and from covalent disulfide bonds, disulfide bridges.
So the scrambled egg becomes hard and loses water.

1. An egg beater forms foam better at room temperature than when chilled.
If beaten too much, the foam breaks and becomes liquid.
Add sugar and cream of tartar to stabilize the egg foam.
Add fat to cause the foam to collapse.

2. Heat the white albumen of an egg.
Observe how it turns from slimy watery white to chalk white in a firmly cooked egg.
The protein loses surrounding water and shrinks.
The reaction is irreversible.
You cannot dissolve the solid egg white in water.

3. Proteins can be denatured by heat or weak acid solutions that destroy the hydrogen bonds and cause tertiary proteins to uncoil,
e.g. vinegar, acetic acid, can "cook" an egg white, albumen, without heat. Egg in a cake mix
Use a cake recipe that requires use of one egg.
Use the same recipe for making four cakes but with no egg, one egg, two eggs and three eggs.
Eat the four cakes and describe the taste and texture of each cake.

16.7.11 Yeast, fermentation, brewing, beer
Yeast, Dried yeast (active granules), baker's yeast, living yeast
See diagram 16.7.11 Humulone
1. To make whisky, barley is soaked in water then allowed to germinate until roots and shoots form.
During this germination enzymes are produced that can convert starch to fermentable sugars.
The germinated grain (green malt), is then dried over a smoky peat fire to stop further germination.
The malt is ground to form grist that is mixed with hot water then put in a large container, a mash tun, for further germination to form a
weak alcoholic solution, to be distilled into casks to form whisky.
The taste of whisky comes mainly from the smoke of the peat fire.

2. "Dried yeast" (active granules), baker's yeast, living yeast, contain "bakers' yeast", an emulsifier, e.g. emulsifier 491, potato flour and
a vegetable gum, e.g. 414.
3. In sauerkraut manufacture, lactic acid bacteria convert sugar in cabbage into 2-hydroxypropanoic acid,
(lactic acid).

3. Fermented fish sauce, garum, made usually from anchovies, tuna, eel and mackerel, was popular during the Roman empire and is still
made in Vietnam and other Asian countries.

4. Beer is made from a malted grain, barley, wheat or rye.
Malt is made by allowing a grain to germinate, then dried.
During germination enzymes, e.g. alfa-amylase and beta-amylase, converts starch in the grain to sugar.
The malt is crushed then the grist is mixed with heated water, mashing.
The mashing allows enzymes to break down starch into sugars, e.g. maltose, activates beta-glucanase to breaks down beta-glucans and
activate proteinases to break down proteins.
The colour of beer comes from the use of roasted malt and unmalted grains.
During the mashing process, enzymes present in the grain convert starches to sugars.
The "head" on beer contains proteins.
Later, the mash temperature is raised to deactivate enzymes.
After the mashing, the liquid, now called wort, is strained from the grains.
The wort is boiled with hops to end enzymatic processes, precipitate proteins, isomerize hop resins, concentrate and sterilize the wort.
The hops add flavour, aroma and bitterness to the beer.
The wort is filtered then yeast is added to convert the sugars from the malt into alcohol, carbon dioxide by fermentation or glycolysis.
Later the beer is cooled, yeast removed, the beer is left to "lager" or rest.
Ales, top-fermented beers are brewed at a higher temperature when the ale yeast form a foam on the surface of the fermenting beer.
Ales are more fruity and aromatic with a richer, creamier feel in the mouth.
Ales range in colour from very pale to black opaque.
Lagers are brewed at a lower temperature when the yeast sinks to the bottom.
Lagers are left at a cold temperature to produce a cleaner style of beer with fewer aromatics.
Nowadays most beers are lagers, e.g. Pilsner, originally made in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Beers brewed around Brussels, Belgium, lambic beers, are fermented by wild yeast strains from near the Zenne river.
The bitter taste comes from the alpha acids, e.g. cis- and trans-isohumulone, in the resin glands of hops flowers used during the boiling
of the wort.
Early "hoppng" increases bitterness.
Late "hopping" increases aromatic tastes.
Traditional ale is made from malted barley, hops, yeast and water. Isohumulone, C21H30O5
Iin beer, 1, 1-dimethyl allyl + amino acid (containing S) + (riboflavin, vitamin B2, as catalyst) -->3-methyyl-2-ene-1-thiol
Isohumulone gives the "skunky" smell of beer left in the sun or not kept in brown bottles.
Isohumulones are bitter acids from hops.

16.7.12 Prepare mayonnaise and salad dressing emulsions
Mayonnaise is a mixture of olive oil dispersed in vinegar and stabilized by egg yolk or mustard.
1. Beat 15 ml of edible oil with one egg yolk and water to produce a weak emulsion
2. Beat 120 ml of oil with one egg yolk and water to give a strong emulsion
3. Place egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar and salt in a large glass bowl.
Use a balloon whisk to combine the mixture until it begins to thicken.
Pour drops of an edible oil into the egg yolk mixture and whisk until well combined.
Whisk the oil in gradually because if it is added too quickly the oil may not emulsify and the mayonnaise could separate or curdle
4. Mix oil and water then shake.
The oil and water separates and settles according to the different densities.
Add a surfactant and shake.
An emulsion forms.
If the surfactant is egg yolk, i.e. lecithin, the emulsion is salad dressing.
Beat the mixture hard to obtain small droplets so that the emulsion becomes mayonnaise.
5. Beat an egg yolk until it becomes thick.
Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Slowly add olive oil while stirring.
A stable emulsion forms.
6. Lemon juice does not dissolve fat, but lemon juice can hydrolyse tough fibres in meat to make it more tender.

16.7.13 Prepare fruit salts, health salts
Mix 0.45 kg icing sugar (fine sugar), 113 g cream of tartar, 113 g tartaric acid, 113 g carbonate of soda, 2 g Epsom salts.
Mix thoroughly and sift twice.
Put in glass jar and seal jar tightly.
Add one teaspoon fruit salts to 0.28 L water and drink without delay!

16.7.14 Food colouring liquids and detergent
Use a dish of milk, three food colour liquids and a little detergent.
Put two drops of three different food colouring liquids into the three corners of a dish of milk.
Quickly add two drops of detergent into the fourth corner and observe.
Look for common features, especially patterns that are seen when this experiment is least or most active.
Later, another drop of detergent can be added.

16.7.15 Heat starch, glycaemic index
The glycaemic index is a ranking of carbohydrates based on their immediate effect on blood glucose (blood sugar), levels.
It compares foods gram for gram of carbohydrate.
Carbohydrates that breakdown quickly during digestion have the highest glycaemic indexes.
The blood glucose response is fast and high.
Carbohydrates that breakdown slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream, have low glycaemic indexes.
Heat a mixture of starch and water by pouring boiling water on it while stirring.
The colour turns from chalk white to nearly water white because the starch grains have burst and let the starch out.
This is similar to making the starch more soluble and more digestible.

16.7.18 Iron from breakfast cereal
Magnetic stirrers, "Scientrific", (Commercial)
Powdered iron is added to breakfast cereal to "fortify" it.
We can digest some of it when the iron filings are oxidized in the stomach and later absorbed by the small intestine.
Iron is necessary for production of haemoglobin.
During production of the cereal in the factory very tiny particles of food grade iron are added to the dry cereal.
The A steelworks could make a small nail from the iron in your body.

1. Crush a cup of breakfast cereal into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.
Put the crushed cereal in a plastic bag and add hot water.
Stroke the bag with a strong magnet, e.g. a neodymium magnet used in electronics, towards one corner of the bag.
The black fur in the corner of the bag is iron.
Do not touch the cereal with the strong magnet.

2. Put a cup of cereal in a food blender.
Add hot water to submerge all the cereal.
After 20 minutes, hold a magnet to the side of the blender and turn it on.
See the iron deposit in the blender next to the magnet.

3. Crush a serving of dry breakfast cereal, e.g. corn flakes, add water and stir in a magnetic stirrer for 10 minutes.
Observe iron powder sticking to the magnetic follower.
Calculate the concentration of iron in the cereal, e.g. "Special K" 20 mg per 100 g dry cereal.

5. Float flakes of breakfast cereal in water in a Petri dish on an overhead projector.
Use a strong magnet to pull the flakes across the dish.

6. Attach magnetic tape to a wooden ice cream stick and wrap it in a plastic bag.
Crush fortified cereal in a plastic bag, pour it into a bowl and cover it with warm water.
Stir the cereal with the ice cream stick and observe the iron particles sticking to the plastic bag around the ice cream stick.

7. Crush a cup of breakfast cereal into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.
Pour the powder on a piece of paper.
Move a magnet under the piece of paper and note any movement of the fine powder. Fish smell, trimethylamine
Proteins in raw fish are denatured by citric acid, lemon juice.
Freshly caught fish have no odour.
However, the end products of enzyme reactions accumulate when the fish is to give the characteristic fish smell.
If fish is not fresh, it give off trimethylamine, N(CH3)3, the source of fish smell.
The cooked fish is less tasty and the cooking smell is offensive.

Trimethylamine, CH3NCH3CH3, (TMA), volatile tertiary aliphatic amine, from food containing it or from precursors, e.g. (TMNO)
Trimethylamine, C3H9N
trimethylthamine-N-oxide, and L-Carnitine, C7H15NO3, an amino acid derivative.
In humans, ingested TMA may convert to TMNO by N-oxidation, but this process and its importance is not well understood, in
TMA is produced by bacteria in the human intestines but it is broken down by oxidation in the liver.
The reaction requires a certain enzyme, but if people do not have the enzyme, due to a genetic fault, they may smell "fishy"!
They suffer from a metabolic disorder called Trimethylaminuria (TMAU).
They can be relieved of this embarrassing problem by avoiding foods rich in the amino alcohol choline.
Trimethylamine is found in beetroot and herrings, so some people say that beetroot has a "herring smell".

Stopping fish smell when cooking fish
To stop fish smell, soak fish in soy bean paste or milk so that proteins in them absorb the smell.
Use ginger or green onion during cooking.
Lemon juice, vinegar, wine, and rice wine can neutralize fish fat, which contains trimethylamine.
Soak freshwater fish in vinegar water before cooking.
At the end of rigour mortis, bacterial action may decompose the fish protein and add to the offensive smell.
So fish should be eaten fresh and cooked for only a short time to denature tissue between the fibres and heat the fish to an acceptable
temperature for eating. Choline
See diagram Lipids (choline)
Choline, C5H14NO, CH2OHCH2N(CH3)3OH, amino alcohol, is found in egg yolk, liver, kidney, soya beans, peas, and whole grain
Choline is an amino alcohol, a component of phospholipids, a water soluble essential lipid in cell membranes, associated with vitamin B
Human milk and bovine milk is very rich in choline, but baby feeding formulas derived from soy have lower total choline concentrations. Laundry starch
Make a suspension of laundry starch.
The starch breaks up, but does not dissolve.
Boil the suspension.
The starch turns from chalk white to nearly water white because boiling burst the starch grains and let the starch out.
The starch is now more soluble and more digestible. Wheat starch and gluten
Wheat gluten is a protein complex formed by kneading of the wheat flour dough proteins gliaden and glutenin.
Gliaden is soluble in alcohol but glutenin is not.
Tie plain wheat flour in a fine cloth.
Bang it repeatedly in a dish of water.
Let the white suspension of starch settle in the dish and decant the water.
The sticky mass left in the cloth is mainly gluten and cellulose. Tests for calcium
To confirm the presence of calcium or calcium salts in the original sample solution
1. To 0.2 mL of a neutral solution containing a quantity of the substance to be examined equivalent to about 0.2 mg of calcium (Ca2+)
per mL, add 0.5 mL of a 0.2% w / v solution of glyoxal-bis-(2-hydroxyanil) in 96% v / v ethanol.
2. Add to this mixture 0.2 mL of a 10.6% w / v solution of anhydrous sodium carbonate.
3. Shake this mixture with 2 mL of chloroform and add 2 mL of distilled water.
4. Shake the mixture again to allow the denser chloroform layer to separate from the aqueous layer.
5. A chloroform layer coloured red confirms the presence of calcium ions.

Calcium identification B.
1. Dissolve 20 mg of the substance n 5 mL of 2M acetic acid.
2. Add 0.5 mL of a 5.3% w / v solution of potassium ferrocyanide, potassium hexacyanoferrate (II).
The solution remain mostly unchanged in clarity and colour.
3. Add 50 mg of ammonium chloride.
4. The formation of a white, crystalline precipitate confirms the presence of calcium ions.

16.7.26 Custard
If you cook custard at too high or too low a temperature it becomes either watery or curdled.

16.7.28 Tests for cigarette smoke
Nicotine, C10H14N2
Burning, leaves of the tobacco plant give off smoke in which more than one thousand chemical substances have been identified.
These substances include tobacco tar, nicotine, carbon oxide and aldehydes considered harmful to human health.
Tobacco tar contains many kinds of carcinogens, e.g. benzopyrene.
Nicotine is similar to hydrocyanic acid in toxicity.
Excessive carbon oxide will weaken oxygen-carrying capacity of blood, and lead to an oxygen deficit in body tissues.

Put 10 mL of 95% alcohol in a sidearm test-tube.
Fit a test-tube with a one hole stopper carrying a glass delivery tube.
Keep one end under the alcohol and close to the bottom of the test-tube.
Insert the other end of the delivery tube in a lighted cigarette.
Draw smoke down through the delivery tube into the alcohol solution by using an air extractor attached to the side arm of the test-tube.
Some substances, e.g. nicotine and benzidine, dissolve in the alcohol to make the colour of the solution change from colourless to
yellow, and finally to brown, along with an increase in the number of lighted cigarettes.

16.7.29 Toxic effect of drugs on water fleas
Be careful! Children must not taste the test solutions!
Young children may be distressed by the sight of Daphnia struggling under the influence of these substances.
However, such a sight can send a powerful deterrent message about substance abuse.
Collect Daphnia in spring from ponds or purchase from goldfish supply shops.

1. Prepare the following test solutions in test-tubes
1.1 Use 10 mL coffee from a coffee cup containing 1 teaspoon of coffee powder, or the usual way you make coffee (active ingredient
1.2 Use 10 mL cooking sherry, 17% alcohol / volume active ingredient.

2. Stir the following substances into 10 mL water at 37oC
2.1 Use 300 mg aspirin tablet, active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid,
2.2 Use 1 g pipe tobacco or the contents of discarded cigarette butts, active ingredient nicotine,
2.3 Use 1 Benadryl allergy caplet, active ingredient diphenhydramine.

3. Use an eye dropper to transfer a Daphnia to 5 test-tubes containing 10 mL pond water.
1, 2, 3, 4 drops of test solution into test-tubes 1, 2, 3, 4.
Put no test solution in the control test-tube.

4. Use a microscope to observe movement, heart rate and gill movement of Daphnia in the control test-tube.

5. Use test-tubes 1 to 4 to record the least number of drops of test solution to kill the Daphnia.
Tobacco causes quick death at the lowest doses.
Alcohol first slows the heartbeat rate, then is lethal at higher doses.
Aspirin and allergy capsules are lethal at the highest doses.
Coffee causes "racing" of the heart, heart palpitations, but is not lethal.

6. Repeat the experiment with the following
6.1 Decaffeinated coffee,
6.2 Red wine 12.5% alcohol / volume,
6.3 100 mg low dose "baby" aspirin,
6.4 "Lite" low nicotine cigarettes.
6.5 "Red Bull" sports drink contains caffeine
Daphnia are easy to keep, easy to study, and inexpensive.
However, be cautious when interpreting your results because what happens when Daphnia are exposed to caffeine may or may not
have similarities to what happens when humans drink coffee.
7. Study the effect of salt concentration on the size of Daphnia.

16.7.30 Tests for chewing gum quality by comparing bubbles
Chew different samples of chewing gum until the taste has gone.
Apply the same exhaling force to make a chewing gum bubble.
Measure the diameter of the chewing gum bubbles.
Note whether the samples of chewing gum are made from chicle based on gutta-percha plasticized by triterpenes or made from poly,
(vinyl acetate), PVA.

16.8.1 Reactions of benzene, C6H6
Pyrene, C16H10 (4 benzene rings), coal tar, toxic, in burnt barbecued food
Benzopyrene, C20H12, carcinogenic, lung cancer and throat cancers, in pitch, volcanoes, cigarette smoke, wood smoke, burnt
barbecued food
See diagram 16.8.1 Benzene compounds.

1. Add 1 mL bromine water to 5 drops of benzene in a test-tube.
The bromine water is not decolorized, unlike ethylene and acetylene with bromine water.

2. Put 5 drops of benzene in 2 test-tubes.
In one of the test-tubes add iron filings.
Add 3 drops of bromine water to each test-tube.
Hydrogen bromide forms in both test-tubes but more in the test-tube containing the iron filings acting as a catalyst.
C6H6 + Br2 --> C6H5Br + HBr.

3. Add 5 drops of benzene to 1 mL of acidified potassium permanganate solution.
The permanganate solution decolorizes only when the mixture is heated.
The benzene is oxidized to lower molecular weigh molecules.

4. A reaction mixture of concentrated nitric acid and concentrated sulfuric acid in a Liebig condenser reacts with benzene at over 300 K
in a nitration reaction to form nitrobenzene.
This reactionn is an example of the substitution of a -NO2 group for a hydrogen atom in an arene ring.
The sulfuric acid in not included in the equation because it acts as a sort of catalyst.
HNO3 + H2SO4 --> NO2+ + H2O + 2HSO4-
C6H6 + NO2+ --> C6H5NO2 + H+
benzene + nitric acid --> nitrobenzene + water
C6H6 + HNO3 --> C6H5NO2 + H2O
Late in the reaction, 1, 3-dinitrobenzene forms, C6H4(NO2)2, but on cooling to room temperature it separates as a solid from the
liquid nitrobenzene.

16.8.2 Prepare ferric tannate with tea leaves
Tannin is a mixture of organic chemicals related to polyhydroxy-benzoic acids.
Tannin has a bitter taste and is astringent, i.e. it contracts the mouth.
It is found in the bark and other tissues of many plants, probably to control grazing.
It is used to prepare black ink and leather from animal hides.

Solution 1. Add 200 g (2 tea bags), of dried tea to 250 mL of boiling water.
Solution 2. Add an unused pad of steel wool to 100 mL of vinegar, boil for 10 minutes, then strain through cotton wool in a filter funnel.
Leave to cool then add 1 mL of hydrogen peroxide solution to produce a brown redcolour, indicating iron (III).
Solution 3. Add equal volumes of solution 1. to solution 2. to produce a black solution of ferric tannate.
2H+ + Fe --> Fe2+ + H2
2H+ + 2Fe2+ + H2O2 --> 2Fe3+ + 2H2O
Fe3+ + tannic acid --> ferric tannate.

16.8.3 Extraction of caffeine and benzoic acid from soft drinks, e.g. cola and lemonade
16.3.22 Purine derivatives, True alkaloids
1. Isolation of caffeine
Add 2 g of sodium carbonate to 50 mL of a cola (kola), drink in a 1 litre conical flask.
Add 50 mL of dichloromethane (methylene chloride), and swirl gently for five minutes.
Do not shake.
Transfer into a separating funnel and leave to settle for 10 minutes.
Drain the lower methylene chloride layer into a 250 mL conical flask.
Add 50 mL more dichloromethane to the separating funnel and enclose with a stopper.
Carefully invert the separating funnel 3 times to allow any remaining caffeine to be extracted into the dichloromethane layer.
Again drain the lower methylene chloride layer into the 250 mL conical flask.
Add 5 g of anhydrous magnesium sulfate to remove the water when it forms insoluble hydrated magnesium sulfate.
Filter the now clear dichloromethane through cotton wool pad into a 250 mL beaker.
Evaporate the dichloromethane on a water bath in a fume cupboard or distil it off to recover the solvent.
Weigh the remaining precipitate.
Test the precipitate by putting a small amount on a watch glass and mix with 3 drops of concentrated hydrochloric acid.
Be careful! Add small crystals of potassium chlorate.
Mix with a glass rod and evaporate to dryness on a water bath in a closed fume cupboard.
Leave the watch glass to cool then moisten the residue with 2 drops 2 M ammonia solution.
The residue turns purple.

2. Isolation of benzoic acid
Pour half a drink-can of lemonade is poured into a 1 L conical flask and add 2 drops of dilute hydrochloric acid.
Add 50 mL dichloromethane then swirled gently for five minutes.
Pour into a separating funnel and leave to allowed to settle for 5 minutes.
Drain the solvent layer into a 100 mL beaker and leave to evaporate in a fume cupboard.
A residue of benzoic acid remains.

16.10.4 Prepare wood gas and wood tar
See diagram 16.10.4 Heating sawdust
When heating sawdust strongly in a hard glass test-tube, the gas coming out of the test-tube can be ignited.
This gas is called wood gas.
It contains carbon monoxide, hydrogen gas, methane, and other gases.
The oily dark brown liquid left in the bottom of the test-tube is called wood tar.
It contains wood alcohol, propanone (acetone), ethanoic acid (acetic acid), and other substances.
If sawdust is heated without any air, the residue will be wood charcoal.
Fill a sidearm test-tube one half full of wood chips (or sawdust), and fit a one hole stopper with a delivery glass tube into the test-tube.
When heating, observe that the wood chips gradually become black and an oily dark brown liquid flows through the side arm of the
Use a lighted match to ignite the gas coming out of the delivery tube.
The gas can burn steadily.
Note that the volume of the product is very small.
The residue is charcoal (carbon). Distil wood, (destructive distillation)
Distil wood in a furnace.
Condense the products in copper tubing to produce charcoal, pyroligneous acid, wood alcohol, propanone (acetone), and ethanoic
acid (acetic acid).

16.3.18 Akylamides
Akylamides, R1-C=O-N-R2, can be used to mask unpleasant tasting substances.
Alkylamides include capsaicin, diynoic acid isobutylamide, sanshool, spilanthol, tetraenoic acid.
Also, alkylamides occur in Echinacea purpurea, purple coneflower, Asteraceae.
See diagram Alkylamides

Capsaicin: 17.1
Sanshool, hydroxy alpha sanshool, C10H25NO2 occurs in Sichuan pepper (Zanthoxylum simulans), Rutaceae, causes tingling buzzing, numbing
sensation because affects D-afferent nerve fibres, light touch receptors
Spilanthol, fatty acid amide, C14H13NO, effect on mouth like local anaesthetic in Syzygium species, Acmella oleracea, toothache plant, Asteraceae.