Volatile Compounds Generated from Thermal Degradation of N-Acetylglucosamine

Jianhong Chen, Mingfu Wang, Chi Tang Ho

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N-Acetylglucosamine was pyrolyzed at 200°C for 30 min. Thermal degradation products were isolated and analyzed by GC and GC/MS. The volatile compounds that were identified included pyrazines, pyridines, pyrroles, and furans. The compound 3-acetamido-5-acetylfuran was found to be the major degradation product, with 2-acetylfuran, 3-acetamidofuran, pyrazine, pyridine, ethylpyrazine, methylpyrazine, 2-ethyl-6-methylpyrazine, 2,3-dimethylpyrazine, and acetamide in decreasing order. The compound 3-acetamido-5-acetylfuran was isolated by preparative column chromatography, and its NMR spectrum was obtained to confirm its structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3207-3209
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of agricultural and food chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


  • Acetamido
  • Acetylfuran
  • Chitin
  • Chitosan
  • Glucosamine
  • N-Acetylglucosamine

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