Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1994, 59, 721-724

Synthesis of 2-Methylheptadecane and 14-Methylpentadecan-3-one

Jasvinder Singh, Ajay K. Arora, Amandeep Kaur and Goverdhan L. Kad

Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh-160 014, India


2-Methylheptadecane (I) is the sex pheromone of the family Arctiidae (tiger moth) and was isolated by Roelof and Carde and assigned structure I on the basis of spectral data. Haque et al. isolated a granular white solid (m.p. 80 °C) from the ether extract of dried and powdered plant of Parthenium hysterophorous L. (Compositae) and proposed its structure, 14-methylpentadecan-3-one (II) on the basis of spectroscopic data. We report herein a short and facile synthesis of these compounds.