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Alcohols and Ethers

By: Michael Zviely and Chu Hong, Jiang Nan University, China
Posted: May 12, 2009, from the June 2009 issue of P&F magazine.

Alcohols play a rather considerable role as flavor and fragrance ingredients, including some of the most important constituents in the industry. The alcoholic function is seen in simple aliphatic molecules, in acyclic and cyclic terpenes and in molecules containing benzene rings.

The role of ethers is relatively less significant; however, many are key ingredients in the creation of fragrances and flavors. (Note: Thio alcohols and thio ethers are not reviewed in this article.)


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