Date of Award

6-1961

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

The purpose of this work is the synthesis of hemimellitine or 1, 2, 3 - trimethyl benzene. After library research (done mostly by John Peeling, Union '61) and with the assistance of Dr. Howard Sheffer, two pathways to hemimellitine were devised. Throughout the course of this project the lack of known compounds with which to compare intermediate products has presented difficulties in the identification of the intermediate products. However, the procedure followed here, i.e. using two different pathways to the same and product with some intermediates the same in both, has enabled us to compare the similar intermediates for identification purposes. If both compounds were found to be the same, the compound in question was consdiered identified since it was prepared by two different procedures.

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