Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is the most common phthalate ester, which has been
used as a plasticizer for the production of numerous polymers, particularly polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Many other groups have synthesized meso-DEHP indicating interest in this molecule, but we are the
first to synthesize enantiomerically pure di[(R)-2-ethylhexyl] phthalate. We report herein, for the first
time, the isolation - from the cultures of Bacillus thuringiensis, B. subtilis, and B. velezensis strains - of
di[(R)-2-ethylhexyl] phthalate, enantiomerically pure and in good yields: its biological activity against
bacteria and fungi was probed and for the first time its synthesis was done.