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Extraction of Trimyristin

Submitted by vthong on Mon, 11/13/2017 - 12:12

Nutmeg, tert-butyl methyl ether (TBME), and boiling chips were added to a 10 mL round-bottom flask. After allowing the solution to gently boil over a sand bath for 10 minutes, it was raised from the apparatus to let settle and cool. The solution was then filtered using a micro-scale filtration apparatus into an Erlenmeyer flask. TBME was added to the remaining round-bottom flask to rinse the remaining solid to obtain leftover trimyristin. After cooling, the liquid in the round-bottom flask was also pipetted into the micro-scale filtration apparatus into the Erlenmeyer flask. A gentle stream was air was passed into the flask to evaporate the trimyristin into a gummy yellowish solid.