# Can ethyl acetate isolate cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon oil?

I recently watched a video on extracting cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon using dichloromethane as a solvent. I would like to attempt the process. However, I would prefer not to use haloalkanes because of the health risks. Would ethyl acetate be a suitable replacement solvent for dichloromethane in extracting cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon oil?

• You are wrong to generalise about the health risks of haloalkanes. dichloromethane is pretty safe by the standards of most laboratory chemicals. – matt_black May 29 '16 at 22:09

Collection of plant material: Bark of cinnamon was collected from a local market at Visakhapatnam, AP. The bark was cleaned and dried under sunlight for $24\ \mathrm{h}$. The dried bark was powdered and used as a raw material and stored in an air tight container. Cinnamon powder was sieved by using different particle sizes ranging from 354 to 125 microns.
Preparation of the extract: Cinnamon powder ($2\ \mathrm{g}$) was added with ethanol ($25\%$) and methanol ($25\%$) in different flasks and the volume was made $50\ \mathrm{mL}$. The solution was soaked for $1\ \mathrm{d}$ and $3\ \mathrm{d}$ respectively. After the soaking time, the solution was filtered using Whatman No.1 filter paper and the filtrate solution was heated to $78^\circ \mathrm{C}$ and $65^\circ \mathrm{C}$ and made up to $50\ \mathrm{mL}$ with distilled water and hexane and incubated for $2\ \mathrm{h}$.