|Systematic IUPAC name
|Jmol interactive 3D||Image|
|UN number||2076, 3455|
|Molar mass||108.14 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Colorless to white crystals|
|Odor||sweet, phenolic odor|
|Density||1.0465 g cm−3|
|Melting point||31 °C; 88 °F; 304 K|
|Boiling point||191 °C; 376 °F; 464 K|
|31 g dm−3 (at 40 °C)|
|Solubility||soluble in chloroform, ether, CCl4|
|Solubility in ethanol||Miscible (at 30 °C)|
|Solubility in diethyl ether||Miscible (at 30 °C)|
|Vapor pressure||40 Pa (at 20 °C)|
Refractive index (nD)
|Viscosity||35.06 cP (at 45 °C)|
|154.56 J K−1 mol−1|
|165.44 J K−1 mol−1|
Std enthalpy of
|-204.3 kJ mol−1|
Std enthalpy of
|-3.6936 MJ mol−1|
|Safety data sheet||External MSDS|
EU classification (DSD)
|S-phrases||(S1/2), S36/37/39, S45|
|Flash point||81 °C (178 °F; 354 K)|
|598.9 °C (1,110.0 °F; 872.0 K)|
|Explosive limits||1.4%-? (148°C)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (Median dose)
|1350 mg/kg (rat, oral)
121 mg/kg (rat, oral)
344 mg/kg (mouse, oral)
|US health exposure limits (NIOSH):|
|TWA 5 ppm (22 mg/m3) [skin]|
|TWA 2.3 ppm (10 mg/m3)|
IDLH (Immediate danger
|m-cresol, p-cresol, phenol|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
|what is ?)(|
ortho-Cresol, also 2-methylphenol, is an organic compound with the formula CH3C6H4(OH). It is a colourless solid that is widely used intermediate in the production of other chemicals. It is a derivative of phenol, an isomer of p-cresol and m-cresol.
Together with many other compounds, o-cresol is traditionally extracted from coal tar, the volatile materials obtained in the production of coke from coal. A similar source material is petroleum residues. These residue contains a few percent by weight of phenol and isomeric cresols. In addition to the materials derived from these natural sources, about two thirds of the Western world's supply is produced by methylation of phenol using methanol. The alkylation is catalysed by metal oxides:
- C6H5OH + CH3OH → CH3C6H4OH + H2O
o-Cresol is mainly used as a precursor to other compounds. Chlorination and etherification gives members of a commercially important herbicides, such as 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA). Nitration gives dinitrocresol, a popular herbicide. Kolbe–Schmitt carboxylation gives o-cresotinic acid, a pharmaceutical intermediate. Carvacrol, essence of oregano, is derived by alkylation of o-cresol with propylene. The muscle relaxant Mephenesin is an ether derived from o-cresol.
Most exposures to cresols are at very low levels that are not harmful although like phenols, cresols are skin irritants. When cresols are breathed, ingested, or applied to the skin at very high levels, they can be harmful. Breathing high levels of cresols for a short time results in irritation of the nose and throat. Aside from these effects, very little is known about the effects of breathing cresols, for example, at lower levels over longer times. The acute LD50 for oral ingestion by mice is 344 mg/kg.
- o-CRESOL (ICSC)
- Environmental Science - SMILES Examples Notations
- CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
- "2-Cresol - PubChem Public Chemical Database". The PubChem Project. USA: National Center for Biotechnology Information.
- "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards #0154". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
- "Cresol (o, m, p isomers)". Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
- Helmut Fiegein "Cresols and Xylenols" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry" 2007; Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a08_025
- The Beaver: Its Life and Impact. Dietland Muller-Schwarze, 2003, page 43 (book at google books)