Turpentine Oil Hydration using Trichloroacetic Acid as Catalyst

Document Type : Original Article


1 Student of Doctorate Program, Department of Chemistry, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

2 Department of Chemistry, Semarang State University, Jl. Raya Sekaran Gunungpati Semarang

3 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta


Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) was used as catalyst for the hydration of α-pinene from turpentin oil
using water as hydroxyl donor. The reaction was performed in batch reactor at 70
oC, using
aquous aceton as solvent. The TCA catalyst converted α-pinene into hydrocarbons, while the
TCA catalyst was active and selective for producing alcohol, α-terpineol with selectivity of