Propargyl alcohol

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Propargyl alcohol
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CAS number 107-19-7 YesY
ChemSpider 21106466 YesY
KEGG C05986 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:28905 YesY
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Molecular formula C3H4O
Molar mass 56.06 g mol−1
Density 0.9715 g/cm³
Melting point −51 to −48 °C (−60 to −54 °F; 222 to 225 K)
Boiling point 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F; 387 to 388 K)
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NFPA 704
Flammability code 3: Liquids and solids that can be ignited under almost all ambient temperature conditions. Flash point between 23 and 38 °C (73 and 100 °F). E.g., gasoline) Health code 4: Very short exposure could cause death or major residual injury. E.g., VX gas Reactivity code 3: Capable of detonation or explosive decomposition but requires a strong initiating source, must be heated under confinement before initiation, reacts explosively with water, or will detonate if severely shocked. E.g., fluorine Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Propargyl alcohol, or 2-propyn-1-ol, is an organic compound with the formula HC2CH2OH. It is the simplest stable alcohol containing an alkyne functional group.[1] Propargyl alcohol is a colorless viscous liquid that is miscible with water and most polar organic solvents.

Reactions and applications[edit]

Propargyl alcohol polymerizes with heating or treatment with base. It is used as a corrosion inhibitor, a metal complex solution, a solvent stabilizer and an electroplating brightener additive. It is also used as an intermediate in organic synthesis. Propargyl alcohol tautomerizes to an enone (α,β-unsaturated ketone). An enal is an α,β-unsaturated aldehyde. Oxidation gives propionaldehyde.[2]


Propargyl alcohol is produced by the copper-catalysed addition of formaldehyde to acetylene as a by-product of the industrial synthesis of but-2-yne-1,4-diol.[3] It can also be prepared by dehydrochlorination of 3-chloro-2-propen-1-ol by NaOH.[4]


Propargyl alcohol is a flammable liquid, toxic by inhalation, highly toxic by ingestion, toxic by skin absorption, and corrosive.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Merck Index, 11th Edition, 7819
  2. ^ J. C. Sauer (1956), "Propionaldehyde", Org. Synth. 36: 66 ; Coll. Vol. 4: 813 
  3. ^ Falbe, Jürgen; Bahrmann, Helmut; Lipps, Wolfgang; Mayer, Dieter (2005), "Alcohols, Aliphatic", Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, doi:10.1002/14356007.a01_279 .
  4. ^ [1] J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1944, 66 (2), pp 285–287

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