The catalytic effect of aqueous acetic acid solutions on the racemisation of trans-αγ-dimethylglutaconic acid at 100°C
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The Peculiar properties of the compounds of the type HO₂C·CH:CH·CH₂·CO₂H which caused so much interest among early investigators were- 1. The existence of two forms, one more stable than the other. 2. The ready manner in which both forms pass into the same anhydride (hydroxyl-anhydride). 3. That the anhydride yields the stable acid on hydration under usual conditions but can be made to yield the "labile" or the less stable acid under special conditions. The resolution of Thorpe's "normal" form of dimethyl glutaconic acid showed that the “normal form was unsymmetrical in nature.