Ethyl cinnamate

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Ethyl cinnamate
Skeletal formula of ethyl cinnamate
Ball-and-stick model of ethyl cinnamate
Preferred IUPAC name
Ethyl (2E)-3-phenylprop-2-enoate
Other names
Ethyl cinnamate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.002.822
Molar mass 176.21 g/mol
Density 1.046 g/cm3
Melting point 6.5 to 8 °C (43.7 to 46.4 °F; 279.6 to 281.1 K)
Boiling point 271 °C (520 °F; 544 K)
-107.5·10−6 cm3/mol
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Ethyl cinnamate is the ester of cinnamic acid and ethanol. It is present in the essential oil of cinnamon.[citation needed] Pure ethyl cinnamate has a "fruity and balsamic odor, reminiscent of cinnamon with an amber note".[1]

The p-methoxy derivative is reported to be a monoamine oxidase inhibitor.[2] It can be synthesized by the esterification reaction involving ethanol and cinnamic acid in the presence of sulfuric acid.

List of plants that contain the chemical[edit]


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  3. ^ Wong, K. C.; et al. (2006). "Composition of the essential oil of rhizomes of kaempferia galanga L". Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 7 (5): 263–266. doi:10.1002/ffj.2730070506.
  4. ^ Othman, R.; et al. (2006). "Bioassay-guided isolation of a vasorelaxant active compound from Kaempferia galanga L". Phytomedicine. 13 (1–2): 61–66. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2004.07.004. PMID 16360934.