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Quantum mechanics studies of the tautomers of dlhydrodiacetylformoin, an important Maillard intermediate and the synthesis of furaneol

Hattotuwagama, C. K., Drew, M. G. B. and Nursten, H. E. (2008) Quantum mechanics studies of the tautomers of dlhydrodiacetylformoin, an important Maillard intermediate and the synthesis of furaneol. Journal of Molecular Structure-Theochem, 850 (1-3). pp. 38-47. ISSN 0166-1280

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.theochem.2007.10.012

Abstract/Summary

Conformational analyses have been carried out on the acyclic and cyclic forms of dihydrodiacetylformoin, an important Maillard intermediate and precursor for furaneol. For the acyclic forms, the 2,5-dicarbonyl isomers have the lowest energy, while for the cyclic forms, the 3-carbonyl are favoured over the 4-carbonyl isomers. The likely path for cyclisation is investigated and it is shown that the favoured path is dependent upon the relative chiralities of the carbon atoms and in particular that the reaction proceeds more readily if C2 and C3 have different chiralities. After cyclisation, the reaction path to produce furaneol proceeds via the loss of a water molecule. This reaction has been studied with a model including two water molecules and a hydroxide anion and shows relatively low-energy barriers. (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier B.V.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:11322
Uncontrolled Keywords:dihydrodiacetylformoin, furaneol, quantum mechanics, Maillard products, tautomeric structures, hydrogen bonding, ZYGOSACCHAROMYCES-ROUXII, 2,5-DIMETHYL-4-HYDROXY-3(2H)-FURANONE, 4-HYDROXY-2,5-DIMETHYL-3(2H)-FURANONE

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