|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||122.16 g/mol|
|Odor||Soft, like roses|
|Melting point||−27 °C (−17 °F; 246 K)|
|Boiling point||219–221 °C|
|MSDS||JT Baker MSDS|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Phenethyl alcohol, or 2-phenylethanol, is an aromatic alcohol. It occurs widely in nature, being found in a variety of essential oils, including rose, carnation, hyacinth, Aleppo pine, orange blossom, ylang-ylang, geranium, neroli, and champaca. It is also an autoantibiotic produced by the fungus Candida albicans
Phenethyl alcohol is an alcohol with a pleasant floral odor. It is therefore a common ingredient in flavors and perfumery, particularly when the smell of rose is desired. It is used as an additive in cigarettes. It is also used as a preservative in soaps due to its stability in basic conditions. In biology it is of interest due to its antimicrobial properties.
- C6H6 + CH2CH2O + AlCl3 → C6H5CH2CH2OAlCl2 + HCl
The reaction affords the aluminium alkoxide that is subsequently hydrolyzed to the desired product. The main side product is diphenylethane, which can be avoided by use of excess benzene. Hydrogenation of styrene oxide also affords phenethyl alcohol.
- C6H5MgBr + CH2CH2O → C6H5CH2CH2OMgBr
- C6H5CH2CH2OMgBr + H+ → C6H5CH2CH2OH
- Merck Index (11th ed.). p. 7185.
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