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Delightful δ-Lactones

By: Judith Michalski, Judith Michalski LLC
Posted: December 14, 2009, from the January 2010 issue of P&F magazine.

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The first time I ever encountered a lactone was eons ago and was, I believe, so-called aldehyde C-18, the misnomer for γ-nonalactone. I was captivated by its coconuttiness and knew at that moment that I was in for a long relationship with anything that ended with “lactone” or “olide.” In fact, I’ve never met a lactone that I haven’t liked, at least not yet. There are many reasons why I like working with lactones as much as I do.

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