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New process for synthetic eugenol available to fragrance market

By Scott Jenkins |

Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) recently announced a new commercial process for synthetic eugenol (diagram), a derivative of phenol, whose natural version is extracted from clove oil obtained from dried flower buds of clove trees grown in Indonesia and Madagascar. Synthetic eugenol offers a cost-effective alternative supply of the compound for applications that do not specifically require natural origins, and also offers protection from price volatility of natural clove oil for fragrance formulators. As Corinne Duffy, the eugenol project manager at Solvay Aroma Performance, explains, the synthetic route for eugenol was first imagined by scientists at Solvay affiliate Rhône-Poulenc in the early 2000s, but the process never progressed beyond the pilot stage because the purification is very challenging, rendering the process economically unattractive. In the past two years, Solvay scientists, driven by strong demand for eugenol, revisited the process, focused on increasing yields and improving the separation stage. The resulting process begins with phenol, which is converted into catechol, and then, from that, into the intermediate guaiacol. “Guaiacol is a key product in our chain, as it can be used for many applications,”…
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