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Steam Distillation of Cinnamon: Cinnamaldehyde and Oil of Cinnamon—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Organic chemistry has its roots in the study of natural products, such as essential oils,which have been used since ancient times. Essential oils are volatile organic liquids obtained from flowers, leaves, twigs, fruits, nuts or seeds. With the Steam Distillation of Cinnamon: Cinnamaldehyde and Oil of Cinnamon—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, isolate oil of cinnamon by steam distillation and study its chemical properties with qualitative tests for organic functional groups.

Concepts

  • Essential Oil
  • Solvent Extraction
  • Steam Distillation
  • Aldehyde Functional Group