Petroleum Chemistry

, Volume 59, Issue 11, pp 1240–1244 | Cite as

Acylation of o-Cresol with Pyromellitic Dianhydride

  • V. P. NekhoroshevEmail author
  • A. S. Knyazev
  • I. E. Nifant’ev


The acylation of o-cresol with pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) has been experimentally studied. The optimum conditions of the acylation reaction of o-cresol with PMDA have been determined. The synthesis has been performed in o-cresol melt at 120°C for 30 h at a reactant molar ratio of PMDA : o-cresol : SnCl4 = 1.0 : 4.1 : 2.0. The yield of 3,3,7,7-tetrakis(3-methyl-4-oxyphenyl)pyromellitide is 62.0% of the theoretical value. The structure of the target synthesis product has been proven by instrumental methods, namely, elemental analysis; thin layer chromatography (TLC); UV, IR, and 1H NMR spectroscopy; DSC; and high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS). The revealed properties of 3,3,7,7-tetrakis(3-methyl-4-oxyphenyl)pyromellitide allow it to be recommended as a tracer for oil reservoir evaluation.


acylation pyromellitic dianhydride o-cresol 



This work was supported by the Government of the Khanty–Mansi autonomous okrug Yugra (order no. 1234 of August 11, 2017 On the Competition of Scientific Projects in the Field of Fundamental and Applied Research) and as part of a state task for the Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences.


The authors declare no conflict of interest requiring the disclosure in this publication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. P. Nekhoroshev
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. S. Knyazev
    • 2
  • I. E. Nifant’ev
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Surgut State UniversitySurgutRussia
  2. 2.National Research Tomsk State UniversityTomskRussia
  3. 3.Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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