Quantum chemical calculations on the isomerization of 24-methylenecycloartanol are described. An energetically viable mechanism, with a rate-determining protonation step, is proposed. This rearrangement may find applicability in tests for determining if an olive oil has been refined.
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We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation (CHE-0957416 to DJT, a graduate research fellowship to HBW, and support through the XSEDE program). We also acknowledge T. Newman and G. Nepomuceno for their work on the development and implementation of AsteriX-BVI, and Dr. C. Hamann for valuable insight into IRC calculations.
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Wedler, H.B., Pemberton, R.P., Lounnas, V. et al. Quantum chemical study of the isomerization of 24-methylenecycloartanol, a potential marker of olive oil refining. J Mol Model 21, 111 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00894-015-2652-y
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