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1H NMR: A Novel Approach To Determining the Thermodynamic Properties of Acetaldehyde Condensation Reactions with Glycerol, (+)-Catechin, and Glutathione in Model Wine
- Peterson, Ana L., Waterhouse, Andrew L.
- Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2016 v.64 no.36 pp. 6869-6878
- acetaldehyde, condensation reactions, ethanol, flavanols, glutathione, glycerol, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, oxidation, pH, sulfur dioxide, thermodynamics, thiols, wines
- As wine oxidizes, ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde, but its accumulation is not predictable, due to poorly characterized reactions with alcohols, SO₂, thiols, flavanols, and others. Measurement of these components has been thwarted by equilibria into the other forms during sample preparation. NMR spectra can be taken on intact samples and is thus ideal for this situation. Equilibria of acetaldehyde with glycerol, (+)-catechin, and glutathione were studied separately in model wine solutions at pH 3–4 by ¹H NMR and 2D (¹H–¹H) COSY spectra. Glycerol acetals had equilibrium constants between 1.14 ± 0.056 and 2.53 ± 0.043 M–¹, whereas ethylidene-bridged (+)-catechin dimers and glutathione thiohemiacetals had more favorable equilibria: from (3.92 ± 0.13) × 10³ to (6.13 ± 0.32) × 10³ M–² and from 10.18 ± 0.22 to 11.17 ± 0.47 M–¹, respectively. These data can be used to create accurate measures of acetaldehyde in its various forms and, consequently, offer insight into wine oxidation.