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L-(+)-Tartaric acid is widely utilized in pharmaceutical industries. It is used in soft drinks, confectionaries, food products, gelatin desserts and as a buffering agent. It forms a compound, TiCl2(O-i-Pr)2 with Diels-Alder catalyst and acta as a chelate agent in metal industries. Owing to its efficient chelating property towards metal ions, it is used in farming and metal industries for complexing micronutrients and for cleaning metal surfaces, respectively.
Resolving agent for chiral bases. For improved resolution technique using two immiscible solvents and half equivalent of resolving agent, claimed to give higher optical purities and faster resolutions than conventional methods, see: Tetrahedron, 41, 2465 (1985).
In combination with NaBH 4, induces asymmetric reduction of functionalized ketones with ee figures approaching those achieved with more expensive reagents: J. Chem. Soc. Perkin 1, 1826 (1990).
Preferred acid catalyst, in combination with MgSO 4, for acetalization of unsaturated aldehydes with ethylene glycol, giving less double bond isomerization than stronger acids including tosic and succinic: J. Org. Chem., 60, 2931 (1995)."
Mostowicz, D.; Dygas, M.; Kałuża, Z. Heck Cyclization Strategy for Preparation of Erythrinan Alkaloids: Asymmetric Synthesis of Unnatural (-)-Erysotramidine from L-Tartaric Acid. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80 (3), 1957-1963.
Song, G.; Xu, C.; Li, B. Visual chiral recognition of mandelic acid enantiomers with l-tartaric acid-capped gold nanoparticles as colorimetric probes. Sens. Actuators B 2015, 215, 504-509.
Hazard Statements: H318-H500
Causes serious eye damage. May form combustible dust concentrations in air
Precautionary Statements: P280-P305+P351+P338-P310
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician.