|Molar mass||104.06 g·mol−1|
|Melting point||135 to 137 °C (275 to 279 °F; 408 to 410 K) (decomposes)|
|Acidity (pKa)||pKa1 = 2.83
pKa2 = 5.69
Related carboxylic acids
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Malonic acid (IUPAC systematic name: propanedioic acid) is a dicarboxylic acid with structure CH2(COOH)2. The ionized form of malonic acid, as well as its esters and salts, are known as malonates. For example, diethyl malonate is malonic acid's diethyl ester. The name originates from the Greek word μᾶλον (malon) meaning 'apple'.
The calcium salt of malonic acid occurs in high concentrations in beetroot. It exists in its normal state as white crystals. Malonic acid is the classic example of a competitive inhibitor: It acts against succinate dehydrogenase (complex II) in the respiratory electron transport chain.
Sodium carbonate generates the sodium salt, which is then reacted with sodium cyanide to provide the cyano acetic acid salt via a nucleophilic substitution. The nitrile group can be hydrolyzed with sodium hydroxide to sodium malonate, and acidification affords malonic acid.
In a well-known reaction, malonic acid condenses with urea to form barbituric acid. Malonic acid is also frequently used as an enolate in Knoevenagel condensations or condensed with acetone to form Meldrum's acid. The esters of malonic acid are also used as a −CH2COOH synthon in the malonic ester synthesis.
Additionally, the coenzyme A derivative of malonate, malonyl-CoA, is an important precursor in fatty acid biosynthesis along with acetyl CoA. Malonyl CoA is formed from acetyl CoA by the action of acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and the malonate is transferred to an acyl carrier protein to be added to a fatty acid chain.
Malonic acid is used as a building block chemical to produce numerous valuable compounds.
- pKa Data Compiled by R. Williams (pdf; 77 kB)
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- Dessaignes (1858) "Note sur un acide obtenu par l'oxydation de l'acide malique" (Note on an acid obtained by oxidation of malic acid), Comptes rendus, 47 : 76-79.
- Dessaignes (1858) "Ueber eine durch Oxydation der Aepfelsäure erhaltene Säure" (On an acid obtained by oxidation of malic acid) Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie, 107 : 251-254.
- Malonic Acid & Derivatives