Natural products are ubiquitous in nature but do not form a large proportion of theA-level syllabuses in the UK. In this article we briefly discuss a small selection of natural products, focusing on alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, and alkaloids. We then outline two natural product experiments that are suitable for A-level chemistry clubs or similar. Experiment 1 is the isolation and analysis of caffeine from tea, and Experiment 2 is the extraction and characterisation of a volatile oil, eugenol, from cloves. These experiments include a variety of laboratory techniques, including steam distillation, determination of melting point, thin-layer chromatography andcolumn chromatography, infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet spectrophotometry.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||The School Science Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2017|
Sosabowski, M., Olivier, G., Jawad, H., & Maatta, S. (2017). An overview of some natural products with two A-level science club natural products experiments. The School Science Review, 99(366), 62-72. https://www.ase.org.uk/journals/school-science-review/2017/10/366/