Methyl phenylacetate

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methyl phenylacetate
Skeletal formula of methyl phenylacetate
Ball-and-stick model
Preferred IUPAC name
Methyl phenylacetate
Other names
Methyl 2-phenylacetate
Methyl benzene acetate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.002.674
EC Number 202-940-9
MeSH C024906
Molar mass 150.1745 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 1.055 g/cm3 (± 0.06)
Melting point 50 °C (122 °F; 323 K)
Boiling point 218 °C (424 °F; 491 K)
2070 mg/L
Vapor pressure 17.3 Pa
-92.73·10−6 cm3/mol
1.505 (± 0.02) at 20 °C
NFPA 704
Flammability code 2: Must be moderately heated or exposed to relatively high ambient temperature before ignition can occur. Flash point between 38 and 93 °C (100 and 200 °F). E.g., diesel fuel Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 90.6 °C (195.1 °F; 363.8 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Methyl phenylacetate is an organic compound that is the ester formed from methanol and phenylacetic acid, with the structural formula C6H5CH2COOCH3. It is a clear colorless liquid that is only slightly soluble in water, but very soluble in most organic solvents.

Methyl phenylacetate has a strong odor similar to honey. The odor is so strong that recommended smelling is of a solution with 10% or less methyl phenylacetate. This compound also naturally occurs in brandy, capsicum, coffee, honey, pepper and some wine.

Methyl phenylacetate is used in the flavor industry and in perfumes to impart honey scents.


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