To use all functions of this page, please activate cookies in your browser.
With an accout for my.chemeurope.com you can always see everything at a glance – and you can configure your own website and individual newsletter.
- My watch list
- My saved searches
- My saved topics
- My newsletter
Muscone is an organic compound that is the primary contributor to the odor of musk.
Additional recommended knowledge
The chemical structure of muscone was first elucidated by Lavoslav Ružička. It consists of a 15-membered ring ketone with one methyl substituent in the 3-position. It is an oily liquid which is found naturally as the (-)-enantiomer, but synthetic material is typically a racemate. It is very slightly soluble in water and miscible with alcohol.
Natural muscone is obtained from musk, a glandular secretion of the musk deer, which has been used in perfumery and medicine for thousands of years. Since obtaining natural musk requires killing the endangered animal, nearly all muscone used in perfumery today is synthetic. One asymmetric synthesis of (-)-muscone begins with commercially available (+)-citronellal, and forms the 15-membered ring via ring-closing metathesis:
|This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Muscone". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.|