Enantioselective gas chromatographic analysis of monoterpenes in essential oils of the family Myrtaceae

Robert Shellie, Luigi Mondello, Giovanni Dugo, Philip Marriott

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The elution profiles of several essential oils of the Myrtaceae family were acquired using a single enantioselective stationary phase column. These chromatograms were compared with those obtained by using a two-column coupled system, which comprised a low-polarity stationary phase column connected to the terminal end of the enantioselective column. The enantiomeric distributions of β-pinene, sabinene, α-phellandrene, limonene, trans- and cis-sabinene hydrate, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and α-terpineol were determined. The use of a two-column coupled system is demonstrated to be useful for improving the resolution of target (chiral) compounds from otherwise interfering matrix components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-585
Number of pages4
JournalFlavour and Fragrance Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Agonis
  • Cyclodextrin
  • Enantioselective gas chromatography
  • Essential oil, tea tree
  • Leptospermum
  • Melaleuca

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