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IUPAC name
Other names
β-Nitro-styrene, 2-Nitrovinylbenzene, 1-Nitro-2-phenylethylene, 2-Nitroethenylbenzene, ω-Nitrostyrene, γ-Nitrostyrene, trans-β-nitrostyrene, MFCD00007402
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ChemSpider 4447524 YesY
EC number 203-066-0
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PubChem 5284459
Molar mass 149.15 g·mol−1
Appearance Yellow crystalline solid
Melting point 58 °C (136 °F; 331 K)
Boiling point 255 °C (491 °F; 528 K)
Safety data sheet MSDS at Sigma Aldrich
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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β-Nitrostyrene is an aromatic compound and a nitroalkene used in the synthesis of indigo dye[1] and the slimicide bromo-nitrostyrene.[2]


β-Nitrostyrene is a chemical precursor for slimicides and dyes. Specifically bromo-nitrostyrene is obtained upon treatment with bromine followed by partial dehydrohalogenation[2] while 2-nitrobenzaldehyde is obtained by treatment with ozone respectively.[1]

Many of the syntheses of psychedelic substituted phenethylamines and substituted amphetamines described by Alexander Shulgin in his book PiHKAL use substituted nitrostyrenes as precursors. They are the final precursor, reduced with lithium aluminium hydride to the final product (an amine).[3]

Chemical synthesis[edit]

The chemical is produced by either the Henry reaction of benzaldehyde and nitromethane[4][5] or by direct nitration of styrene using nitric oxide.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wright, Elaine and Brühne, Friedrich (2000). "Benzaldehyde". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry: 8. doi:10.1002/14356007.a03_463. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Markofsky, Sheldon B. (2000). "Nitro Compounds, Aliphatic". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry: 6. doi:10.1002/14356007.a17_401. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Shulgin, Alexander (1991). Pihkal : a chemical love story. Berkeley, CA: Transform Press. ISBN 978-0-9630096-0-9. 
  4. ^ Furniss, Brian; Hannaford, Antony; Smith, Peter; and Tatchell, Austin (1996). Vogel's Textbook of Practical Organic Chemistry 5th Ed. London: Longman Science & Technical. p. 1035. ISBN 9780582462366. 
  5. ^ Worrall, David E. (1929). "Nitrostyrene" (PDF). Org. Synth. 9: 66. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.009.0066. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Mukaiyama, T.; Hata E.; and Yamada, T. (1995). "Convenient and Simple Preparation of Nitroolefins Nitration of Olefins with Nitric Oxide". Chemistry Letters 24 (7): 505–506. doi:10.1246/cl.1995.505. Retrieved 5 January 2014.