2-Phenethyl propionate

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2-Phenethyl propionate[1]
Chemical structure of phenethyl propionate
IUPAC name
2-Phenylethyl propanoate
Other names
2-Phenethyl propanoate, or Phenylethyl propionate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.004.153
Molar mass 178.23 g·mol−1
Density 1.007 g/mL
Irritant (Xi)
Flash point 113 °C (235 °F; 386 K)
Related compounds
Related compounds
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

2-Phenethyl propionate, also known as phenethyl propanoate or phenylethyl propionate,[2] is the ester of phenethyl alcohol and propionic acid. It can be found in peanuts.[citation needed]

It has shown antifungal activity[3] and was tested as a natural pesticide.[4] It is used in some preparations used in the management of bed bugs.[5] In the U.S it is considered a "minimal risk pesticide" and can be used as a pesticide without any registration.[6] It is currently used as an ingredient in "organic" pesticide products.[7]


  1. ^ Phenethyl propionate at Sigma-Aldrich
  2. ^ CID 31225 from PubChem
  3. ^ Dev, U.; Devakumar, C.; Mohan, J.; Agarwal, P.C. (2004). "Antifungal activity of aroma chemicals against seed-borne fungi". Journal of essential oil research. 16 (5): 496–499. doi:10.1080/10412905.2004.9698780. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Murray B. Isman (2000). "Plant essential oils for pest and disease management". Crop Protection. 19 (8–10): 603–608. doi:10.1016/S0261-2194(00)00079-X. 
  5. ^ "U.S. EPA bed bug products search results". Archived from the original on 15 October 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Ralf-Udo Ehlers, ed. (2011). Regulation of Biological Control Agents In Europe. ISBN 9789048136643. 
  7. ^ "Lawn Insect Killer (32 oz hose end)". EcoSmart. Retrieved September 7, 2014.