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Patented Mar. 29, 1938'
Jacob N. warm, Charleston, w. Va., assignor,
by mesne assignments, to Union Carbide and
Carbon Corporation, a corporation of New
'No Drawing. Application May a, 1034,
Serial No. 123.799
10 Claims.
The present invention relates to the production
of new decylene compounds, and more especially
modi?cation thereof. All proportions are given
in parts by weight unless otherwise indicated:
To a mixture of 60' parts of 2 ethylhexaldehyde,
and 30 parts of acetaldehyde cooled to —5° C.
it concerns a new ten carbon atom aldol, and
the corresponding decylene~ glycol, as well as all
phatic and aromatic esters of this glycol. It ' were gradually added 2 parts of caustic soda dis
likewise embraces a method for the production of solved in 2 parts'of water and an equal weight of
methanol. The rate of addition was‘such that
these compounds.
The aldol and the glycol produced in the prac- ‘ the temperature did not exceed --3° C.
tice of the invention are valuable starting mate
10 rials for many organic syntheses; while the decyl
ene glycol esters, such as decylene glycol diace
tate, are valuable as high-boiling solvents and
plasticizers in lacquers and other coating and
impregnating compositions.
ing equation:
ethylhexaldehyde and acetaldehyde are con
densed at low temperatures,‘ generally around
-‘-5° C. to +5° C., in the presence of an alkaline
compound such as caustic soda. The reaction
mixture is then neutralized with a dilute acid or
its equivalent. The neutralized reaction mixture
preferably is ?ltered to remove inorganic salts,
and is distilled under vacuum at temperatures not
substantially higher than 80° C., for removal of
25 unreacted starting materials and for concentra
tion of the aldols present in the mixture.
The residual liquid mixture is then hydrogen
ated under superatmospheric pressure, prefer
ably in the liquid phase, in the presence of an
30 active hydrogenating catalyst, such as active
nickel. The aldehyde group of the aldol thus
is hydrogenated to yield a substituted 1,3-butyl
ene glycol having ten carbon atoms in its struc
The hydrogenation reaction mixture is ?ltered
to remove the catalyst, and the ?ltrate is frac
tionally distilled under vacuum. The fraction
distilling at around 132° to 137° C. at 9 min. ab
solute pressure contains the l0-carbon 1,3-decyl
This decylene glycol may then be esteri?ed
with an excess of an esterifying agent, such as an
aliphatic acid or anhydride, or mixtures thereof,
in the presence of an esteri?cation catalyst.
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In the preferred practice of the invention,
ene glycol.
The re
sulting reaction may be indicated by the follow
After a 20-hour reaction period at the last
named temperature with constant agitation, the
reaction mixture was rendered just neutral to
phenolphthalein by a 30% aqueous sulphuric
acid solution. The inorganic salt (sodium sul 20
phate). which separated was ?ltered off. The
clear ?ltrate‘ had a speci?c gravity at 20° C. of
It was stripped of unreacted starting ma-‘ - , '
terials by distilling it under subatmospheric
pressures ranging fromy100 mm. to 5 mm. of mer
cury, and temperatures ranging from 20° to 80° 25
The stripped mixture containing the decyl a1
dol was mixed with around 5% of active nickel
catalyst and was then hydrogenated while un
der a gauge pressure ranging from 700 to 900 30
pounds per square inch, at temperatures ranging
from 20° to 60° C. The hydrogenation was con
tinued for 16 hours, until no further absorption.
of hydrogen
occurred under ‘ the
named. The reaction mixture was ?ltered to re
move the catalyst; and the clear ?ltrate there
from was fractionally distilled under subatmos
pheric pressure. After the removal of a heads
out and certain midcuts, a fraction of substantial 40
volume which boiled at 132° to 137° C. at 9 mm.
absolute pressure was separately recovered. This
vfraction had a speci?c gravity at 20° C. of .943.
Molecular weight and acetyl number determina
tions showed it tube a decylene glycol. It ap
pears to have the structure corresponding to the 45
Where acetic acid is the esterifying agent em
ployed, there is produced a stable decylene glycol formula:
diacetate which possesses properties rendering it 2,2-ethylbutyl-l,3-butylene glycol,
highly useful in coating, impregnating, and mold
ing compositions as a high-boiling solvent and‘ but it may be, or may contain 4-ethyl-4-butyl 50
The hydrogenation of the aldol is effected un
der superatmospheric pressures up to 100 atmos
phe'res and at temperatures within the range from
55 20° to 200° C., and preferably around 55° to 60°
C. Pressures of around 700 to 1000 pounds per
square inch gauge are quite e?ective for this hy
drogenation step.
i The following example will serve to illustrate
the invention in accordance with a preferred
1,3-butylene glycol having the structure:
depending upon the order of condensation of the
aldehydes. It may be a mixture of these glycols 55
in certain instances.
The decylene glycol was ester?ed in a still pro
. vided with‘ a bead-packed rectifying column
equipped with a condenser and a separator. To a
mixture of 300 grams of the decylene glycol and 60
, 5,119,819
23o grams~oi glacial acetic acid was added 1 cc. aldehyde and acetaldehyde, and iwdrogenating
oi concentrated (98%) sulphuric acid, and the the resultant aldol under superatmospheric pres
mixture was reacted and ‘distilled. The esteriil
' sure at an, elevated temperature not substantial
ly higher than 200' C., distilling the hydrogenat- ‘
cation reaction is represented by the equation:
(“asylum-imam’ umi diacstyate)
10 The evolved vapors were condensed, and they
ed mixture under vacuum, and separately recov- , 10
iormed a two-phase condensate in the separator. ' ering. the traction boiling between 132° and 137'
The upper layer was returned to the still as long
as two layers iormed in the separator; and
the heavier (water) layer was removed as formed,
15 or at irequent intervals.
C. at 9 mm. absolute pressure.
" 4. In the process oimaking a decylene glycol,
the steps which comprise condensing z-ethylhex
aldehyde and acetaldehyde, thereby iorming a 15
decylene aldol, distilling the resultant reaction
mixture under subatmospheric pressure ior strip
ping the latter oi unreacted aldehydes, hydro
When evolution oi vwater had ceased, the resid
ual liquid was cooled and was washed with dilute
aqueous sodium carbonate solution to tree it oi
unreacted acetic acid. ' The washed product was
20 then distilled under vacuum. Aiter a small . genating the stripped mixture under superatmos
pheric pressure and at elevated temperatures not
heads cut, the glycol ester traction wassecured substantially higher than 200° C., distilling the
boiling at 130° to 135° C. at.5 mm. absolute pi'esqv Y hydrogenated mixture, and separately recovering
sure, and at 265° atmospheric pressure. Its the traction boiling between 132° and 137° C. at 9
speci?c gravity at 20° C. was .975. Tests con
mm. oi mercury absolute pressure.
ducted upon dry ?lms of vinyl ‘resins containing
5. The process which comprises condensing 2
this ester, which were iormed irom solutions con
ethylhexaldehyde with acetaldehyde in the pres
taining the resins and ester in a standard solvent . ence oi an‘alkaline compound, neutralizing the
mixture, have demonstrated the suitability oi the
‘ester ior plasticizing and solvent purposes in the
resultant reaction mixture, removing inorganic
salts and ‘unreacted starting materials thereirom,
or their anhydrides, in the presence oi an acid
hydrogenating the remainder oi the said reac
tion mixture 'under superatmospheric pressure
and, at temperatures within the range from
around 20° to around 200° 0., distilling the hy
drogenated mixture, and separating the iraction
distilling at from around 132° to around 137°C.
at 9mm. oi mercury absolute pressure.
6. The process which comprises condensing 2
ethylhexaldehyde with acetaldehyde in the pres
v30 lacquer, varnish, and resin-molding industries.
It- is within the scope of the invention to'pro
duce other esters oi 1,3-decylene glycol in addi
tion to the diacetate speci?cally mentioned above,
as for example by substituting for the glacial
acetic acid in the above example, an excess oi
some other acid. such as formic acid. propionic
acid, stearic acid, salicylic acid, or phthalic acid,
or acidic esteri?cation catalyst, such as concen
trated sulphuric acid, toluene suli'onlc acid, or
phosphoric acid.
By the practice of the invention there are pro
duced esteri?cation products oi 1,3-decylene
ence oi an alkaline compound, neutralizing the
resultant reactionmixture, removing inorganic
salts and unreacted starting materials thereirom,
hydrogenating the remainder oi the said reaction
mixture under superatmospheric pressure and at
an elevated temperature within the range up to
at least one and preferably two alkyl radicals in ‘around 60° C., distilling the hydrogenated mix
one or more side chains. These esters may be
from around 132° to around 137° C. at 9 mm. oi
represented by the formula:
glycols with one or more aliphatic or aromatic
45 acids, or mixtures thereoi, the said esters having
mercury absolute pressure.
R H R:
glycol having two dissimilar alkyl radicals in side
in which R and R1 respectively are ethyl and butyl
radicals, or are hydrogen; R2 and B: respectively
55 are ethyl and butyl radicals or are hydrogen ; and
Brand R5 represent respectively the same or dif
ierent aliphatic or aromatic acid radicals. At‘
least two of the groups R, R1, R2, and R: are hy
7. As a chemical compound,- a 1,3-decylene
The invention is susceptible oi modi?cation
within the scope oi the appended claims.
I claim: ‘
1. As a chemical compound, a 1,3-glycol hav
65 ing ten carbon atoms in its molecule, and having
chains in its molecular structure, the said com
pound having a composition represented by the
formula CHRRiCHOHCRaRnCHaOH, wherein R
and R1 respectively represent ethyl and butyl rad- '
icals or ‘both are hydrogen, ‘and wherein R: and
R: respectively represent ethyl and butyl radicals
or-both are hydrogen.
8. As a chemical compound, a 1,3-decylene ‘
glycol having two dissimilar alkyl radicals in side
chains in its molecular structure directly con
nected with the same carbon atom oi the carbon
chain, the said compound having a composition
represented by the iormula
a boiling range oi irom 132° to‘ 137° C; at 9' mm.
of mercury absolute pressure, and a speci?c grav
ity at 20° C. of .943.
wherein R and R1 respectively represent ethyl
2. As a chemical, an ethyl butyl substituted 1,3
and butyl radicals or both are hydrogen, and
70 butylene glycol oi ten carbon atoms and‘ having
a boiling range oi irom 132° to 137° C. at 9 mm.
oi mercury absolute pressure, and a speci?c grav
ity at 20° C. oi .943.
3. In the process oi making a decylene glycol,
75 the steps which comprise condensing 2-ethylhex
wherein R2 and R: respectively represent ethyl
and butyl radicals 'or both are hydrogen.
9. The process oi making a 1,3-deeylene glycol,
which comprises condensing 2-ethylhexaldehyde
with acetaldehyde in the presence of an alkaline
compound, neutralizing the resultant reaction 15
mixturqandthedecylaldclthm mixturemydmgma?ngthedeoylmthmm>
10. The process of math: 11 l?dmlene glycol.
which comm-1m condenajg: 2-ethylhe
‘ wlth’acetaldehydeinthepreaenoe otanalka?ne
compound, neutralizing the resultant reaction
duced at In elmfed tunpenmre and under su
pw-ahnomhe?c pressure, and
the hydrocena?on reaction mixture the resl?tant
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