Glutaric acid

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Glutaric acid
Glutaric acid
CAS number 110-94-1 YesY
PubChem 743
ChemSpider 723 YesY
EC number 203-817-2
DrugBank DB03553
KEGG C00489 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:17859 YesY
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Molecular formula C5H8O4
Molar mass 132.12 g/mol
Melting point 95 to 98 °C
Boiling point 200 °C/20 mmHg
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Glutaric acid is the organic compound with the formula C3H6(COOH)2 . Although the related "linear" dicarboxylic acids adipic and succinic acids are water-soluble only to a few percent at room temperature, the water-solubility of glutaric acid is over 50%.


Glutaric acid is naturally produced in the body during the metabolism of some amino acids, including lysine and tryptophan. Defects in this metabolic pathway can lead to a disorder called glutaric aciduria, where toxic byproducts build up and can cause severe encephalopathy.


Glutaric acid can be prepared by the ring-opening of butyrolactone with potassium cyanide to give the mixed potassium carboxylate-nitrile that is hydrolyzed to the diacid.[1] Alternatively hydrolysis, followed by oxidation of dihydropyran gives glutaric acid. It can also be prepared from reacting 1,3-dibromopropane with sodium or potassium cyanide to obtain the dinitrile, followed by hydrolysis.


1,5-Pentanediol, a common plasticizer and precursor to polyesters is manufactured by hydrogenation of glutaric acid and its derivatives.[2]

Glutaric acid itself has been used in the production of polymers such as polyester polyols, polyamides. The odd number of carbon atoms (i.e. 5) is useful in decreasing polymer elasticity.[citation needed]


Glutaric acid may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.[3] Acute hazards include the fact that this compound may be harmful by ingestion, inhalation or skin absorption.[3]


  1. ^ G. Paris, L. Berlinguet, R. Gaudry, J. English, Jr. and J. E. Dayan (1963), "Glutaric Acid and Glutaramide", Org. Synth. ; Coll. Vol. 4: 496 
  2. ^ Peter Werle and Marcus Morawietz "Alcohols, Polyhydric" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry: 2002, Wiley-VCH: Weinheim. DOI 10.1002/14356007.a01_305
  3. ^ a b Glutaric acid,

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