The synthesis of mauveine A and mauveine B from N-tert-butyl-p-toluidine

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The oxidation of a mixture of N-tert-butyl-p-toluidine/aniline/o-toluidine (1 : 1.5 : 1.5) with K2Cr2O7 in H+/H2O followed by de-tert-butylation with acid gives mauveine A and mauveine B. These compounds dye silk the same shade of red mauve as that of silk dyed by authentic mauveine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014


  • dyeing
  • mauve
  • mauveine
  • o-toluidine
  • tert-butyl


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