What is it about?

WH Perkins method of mauveine synthesis patented in 1856 gives mauveine rich in mauveine A, B2, B and C but his museum stored mauveine is rich in only mauveine A and B! We developed a way to make the museum stored mauveine which raises the question as to wether this is Perkins original, uncovered method.

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Why is it important?

This is historical chemistry understanding methods of the past which were not fully understood at the time. All knowledge can have a value as well as being interesting. The Victorians were also excellent scientists and engineers.


Purple mauveine was the first aniline dye made from by-products benzene and toluene of the illuminating gas industry. Many more aniline dyes (reds, blues, greens, brown and aniline black) and coal tar dyes followed using similar materials and methods which introduced colour to fabrics and stains to medicine

Dr Michael John Plater
University of Aberdeen

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This page is a summary of: Synthesis and Analysis by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry of a Mauveine Composition Similar to Museum-Stored Mauveine, Journal of Chemical Research, December 2018, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.3184/174751918x15411642455207.
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