A dioctylphthalate has been isolated from a crude oil by means of adsorption column chromatography. The ester was identified by means of elemental analysis, refractive index, and its infra-red absorption spectrum. Saponification of the isolate and examination of the resultant alcohol by means of infrared absorption spectra led to the conclusion that the ester is a branched chain dioctylphthalate. This is the first reported occurrence of an ester in crude petroleum.
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Isolation and identification of an ester from a crude oil|
|Series title||Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta|
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