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The structure of the colourant/pigment, carmine derived from carminic acid

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The colourant/pigment carmine synthesised from carminic acid and calcium and aluminium acetates has been examined chemically and spectroscopically to determine its structure. As with alizarin, it appears probable that the material is a tetramer but composed of four carminic acid units with aluminium involved with the 5,6-dioxy groups in five-membered rings and calcium chelated with the 10-carbonyl group ofthe anthraquinone system.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 July 2009

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