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3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • (1R-α): 232-087-8
  • (mixture): CC1=CCC2CC1C2(C)C
Molar mass 136.24 g/mol
Appearance Liquid
Density 0,86 g·cm−3 (alpha, 15 °C)[1][2]
Melting point −62 to −55 °C (−80 to −67 °F; 211 to 218 K) (alpha)[1]
Boiling point 155 to 156 °C (311 to 313 °F; 428 to 429 K) (alpha)[1]
Practically insoluble in water
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Pinene is a collection of unsaturated bicyclic monoterpenes. Two geometric isomers of pinene are found in nature, α-pinene and β-pinene. Both are chiral. As the name suggests, pinenes are found in pines. Specifically, pinene is the major component of the liquid extracts of conifers.[3] Pinenes are also found in many non-coniferous plants such as camphorweed (Heterotheca)[4] and big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata).


skeletal formula
perspective view X X
ball-and-stick model X X
name (1R)-(+)-α-pinene (1S)-(−)-α-pinene (1R)-(+)-β-pinene (1S)-(−)-β-pinene
CAS number 7785-70-8 7785-26-4 19902-08-0 18172-67-3


α-Pinene and β-pinene are both produced from geranyl pyrophosphate, via cyclisation of linaloyl pyrophosphate followed by loss of a proton from the carbocation equivalent. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have been able to synthetically produce pinene with a bacterium.[5]

Biosynthesis of pinene from geranyl pyrophosphate
Biosynthesis of pinene from geranyl pyrophosphate


Alpha-pinene is the most widely encountered terpenoid in nature[6] and is highly repellent to insects.[7]

Alpha-pinene appears in conifers and numerous other plants.[8] Pinene is a major component of the essential oils of Sideritis spp. (ironwort)[9] and

Salvia spp. (sage).[10] Cannabis also contains alpha-pinene[8] and beta-pinene.[11] Resin from Pistacia terebinthus (commonly known as terebinth or turpentine tree) is rich in pinene. Pine nuts produced by pine trees contain pinene.[8]

Makrut lime fruit peel contains an essential oil comparable to lime fruit peel oil; its main components are limonene and β-pinene.[12]

The racemic mixture of the two forms of pinene is found in some oils like eucalyptus oil.[13]


β-Pinene can be converted to α-pinene in the presence of strong bases.[14]

Selective oxidation of pinene occurs at the allylic position to give verbenone, along with pinene oxide, as well as verbenol and its hydroperoxide.[15][16]

Pinene left verbenone right
Pinene left verbenone right

Hydrogenation of pinene gives pinane, precursor to a useful pinanehydroperoxide.

The hydroboration of α-pinene has been extensively examined. With borane-dimethylsulfide, two equivalents of α-pinene react to give (diisopinocampheyl)borane.[17] Reaction with 9-BBN gives the reagent called alpine borane. This sterically crowded chiral trialkylborane can stereoselectively reduce aldehydes in what is known as the Midland Alpine borane reduction.[18]


Pinenes, especially α, are the primary constituents of turpentine, a nature-derived solvent and fuel.[3]

The use of pinene as a biofuel in spark ignition engines has been explored.[19] Pinene dimers have been shown to have heating values comparable to the jet fuel JP-10.[5]


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  2. ^ Record of beta-Pinen in the GESTIS Substance Database of the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, accessed on 07-January-2016.
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  9. ^ Köse EO, Deniz İG, Sarıkürkçü C, Aktaş Ö, Yavuz M (2010). "Chemical composition, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the essential oils of Sideritis erythrantha Boiss. and Heldr. (var. erythrantha and var. cedretorum P.H. Davis) endemic in Turkey". Food and Chemical Toxicology. 48 (10): 2960–2965. doi:10.1016/j.fct.2010.07.033. PMID 20670669.
  10. ^ Özek G, Demirci F, Özek T, Tabanca N, Wedge DE, Khan SI, et al. (2010). "Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis of volatiles obtained by four different techniques from Salvia rosifolia Sm., and evaluation for biological activity". Journal of Chromatography A. 1217 (5): 741–748. doi:10.1016/j.chroma.2009.11.086. PMID 20015509.
  11. ^ Hillig KW (2004). "A chemotaxonomic analysis of terpenoid variation in Cannabis". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 32 (10): 875–891. doi:10.1016/j.bse.2004.04.004.
  12. ^ Kasuan N (2013). "Extraction of Citrus hystrix D.C. (Kaffir Lime) Essential Oil Using Automated Steam Distillation Process: Analysis of Volatile Compounds" (PDF). Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences. 17 (3): 359–369.
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  14. ^ Charles A. Brown, Prabhakav K. Jadhav (1987). "(a)-b-PINENE BY ISOMERIZATION OF (B)-b-PINENE". Organic Syntheses. 65: 224. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.065.0224.
  15. ^ Neuenschwander U, Guignard F, Hermans I (2010). "Mechanism of the Aerobic Oxidation of α-Pinene". ChemSusChem (in German). 3 (1): 75–84. doi:10.1002/cssc.200900228. PMID 20017184.
  16. ^ Mark R. Sivik, Kenetha J. Stanton, Leo A. Paquette (1995). "(1R,5R)-(+)-Verbenone of High Optical Purity". Organic Syntheses. 72: 57. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.072.0057.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  17. ^ Abbott, Jason; Allais, Christophe; Roush, William R. (2015). "Preparation of Crystalline (Diisopinocampheyl)borane". Organic Syntheses. 92: 26–37. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.092.0026.
  18. ^ M. Mark Midland "B-3-Pinanyl-9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane" in Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis 2001 John Wiley, New York.doi:10.1002/047084289X.rp173
  19. ^ Raman V, Sivasankaralingam V, Dibble R, Sarathy SM (2016). "α-Pinene - A High Energy Density Biofuel for SI Engine Applications". SAE Technical Paper. SAE Technical Paper Series. 1. doi:10.4271/2016-01-2171.



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