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Mesityl oxide is a ketone with the formula CH3C(O)CH=C(CH3)2. This compound is a colorless, volatile liquid with a strong peppermint odor.
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It is prepared by the condensation of acetone to give diacetone alcohol, which readily dehydrates to give this compound. This type of reaction is called aldol reaction.
A further condensation yields isophorone, which is also used as solvent.
Mesityl oxide is used as a solvent and in the production of methyl isobutyl ketone.
Categories: Ketones | Alkenes | Ketone solvents
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