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|Molar mass||130.23 g mol−1|
-16 °C, 257 K, 3 °F
195 °C, 468 K, 383 °F
|Solubility in water||Insoluble|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
The term Octanol usually refers to the isomer, octan-1-ol, with the molecular formula CH3(CH2)7OH. It is a fatty alcohol. Many other isomers are also known. Esters of octanol, such as octyl acetate, occur as components of essential oils. Octanol is manufactured for the synthesis of esters for use in perfumes and flavorings. It is used to model the partitioning of pharmaceutical products between water and the cytosol. Other uses include experimental medical procedures for controlling Essential Tremor and other types of involuntary neurological tremors.
- Al(C2H5)3 + 9 C2H4 → Al(C8H17)3
- Al(C8H17)3 + 3 O + 3 H2O → 3 HOC8H17 + Al(OH)3
The process generates a range of alcohols that are separated by distillation.
Water/octanol partitioning 
Octanol and water are immiscible. The distribution of a compound between water and octanol is used to calculate the partition coefficient 'P' of that molecule (often expressed as its logarithm to the base 10, log P). Water/ octanol partitioning is a relatively good approximation of the partitioning between the cytosol and lipid membranes of living systems.
Where a and b are constants, is the stratum corneum/ water partition coefficient, and is the water/ octanol partition coefficient. The values of a and b vary between papers, but Cleek & Bunge have reported the values a=0, b=0.74.
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