Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 215–218 | Cite as

Thermal behavior of five free anthraquinones from rhubarb

  • L.-M. Zhang
  • W.-G. Xie
  • T.-T. Wen
  • X. Zhao


The thermal behavior of five free anthraquinones (chrysophanol, emodin, physcion, aloe-emodin, and rhein) from rhubarb had been investigated using TG, DTG and DTA technique. The results show that all the free anthraquinones have the similar TG and DTG curve shapes, however, due to the substituted groups attached on the skeleton of 1,8-dihydroxy anthraquinone are different, every anthraquinone has different mass loss features. Moreover, all the DTA curves of these free anthraquinones have two obviously characteristic peaks, but with special curvilinear types, peak location and peak values. Therefore, thermal analysis (TA) characteristics of anthraquinones above mentioned could be established, and it is possible to easily distinguish these anthraquinones by using TA technique.


Free anthraquinones Rhubarb Thermal analysis 



This work was financially supported by the applied foundation & leading technology research program of Tianjin (No. 08JCZDJC15300).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of BiotechnologyTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Industrial Microbiology, Ministry of EducationTianjin University of Science and TechnologyTianjinPeople’s Republic of China

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