Open Chemistry Journal


ISSN: 1874-8422 ― Volume 8, 2021

Isolation of Phthalates and Terephthalates from Plant Material – Natural Products or Contaminants?

Thies Thiemann1, *
1 Department of Chemistry, College of Science, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 15551, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates


Dialkyl phthalates have been used as plasticizers in polymers for decades. As mobile, small weight molecules, phthalates have entered the environment, where they have become ubiquitous. On the other hand, phthalates continue to be isolated from natural sources, plants, bacteria and fungi as bona fide natural products. Here, doubt remains as to whether the phthalates represent actual natural products or whether they should all be seen as contaminants of anthropogenic origin. The following article will review the material as presented in the literature.

Keywords : Phthalates, Natural product isolation, Contamination, Terephthalates, Pesticides, Agriculture.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2021
Volume: 8
First Page: 1
Last Page: 36
Publisher Id: CHEM-8-1
DOI: 10.2174/1874842202108010001

Article History:

Received Date: 28/07/2020
Revision Received Date: 13/10/2020
Acceptance Date: 03/11/2020
Electronic publication date: 02/03/2021
Collection year: 2021

© 2021 Thies Thiemann.

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* Address correspondence to this author at Department of Chemistry, College of Science, United Arab Emirates University, PO Box 15551, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; E-mails:;

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