Propyl acetate

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Propyl acetate
Structural formula of propyl acetate
Ball-and-stick model of the propyl acetate molecule
Systematic IUPAC name
Propyl ethanoate
Other names
Propyl acetate; n-Propyl ethanoate; n-Propyl acetate; Propylacetate; Acetic acid, propyl ester; n-Propyl ester of acetic acid
109-60-4 YesY
ChemSpider 7706 YesY
DrugBank DB01670 YesY
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PubChem 7997
Molar mass 102.13 g·mol−1
Appearance Clear, colorless liquid
Odor mild, fruity[1]
Density 0.89 g/cm3[2]
Melting point −95 °C (−139 °F; 178 K)[2]
Boiling point 102 °C (216 °F; 375 K)[2]
18.9 g/L[2]
Vapor pressure 25 mmHg (20°C)[1]
EU classification Flammable (F)
Irritant (Xi)
R-phrases R11, R36
S-phrases (S2), S16, S26, S29,
NFPA 704
Flammability code 3: Liquids and solids that can be ignited under almost all ambient temperature conditions. Flash point between 23 and 38 °C (73 and 100 °F). E.g., gasoline) Health code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g., chloroform Reactivity (yellow): no hazard code Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 10 °C (50 °F; 283 K)[2]
450 °C (842 °F; 723 K)
Explosive limits 1.7%-8%[1]
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
9370 mg/kg (oral, rat)
8300 mg/kg (oral, mouse)
6640 mg/kg (oral, rabbit)
8700 mg/kg (oral, rat)[3]
17800 mg/kg (dermal, rabbit)[4]
8941 ppm (cat, 5 hr)[5]
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
TWA 200 ppm (840 mg/m3)[1]
TWA 200 ppm (840 mg/m3) ST 250 ppm (1050 mg/m3)[1]
1700 ppm[1]
Related compounds
Related esters
ethyl acetate
n-butyl acetate
isobutyl acetate
Related compounds
acetic acid
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

Propyl acetate, also known as propyl ethanoate, is a chemical compound used as a solvent. This clear, colorless liquid is known by its characteristic odor of pears. Due to this fact, it is commonly used in fragrances and as a flavor additive. It is formed by the esterification of acetic acid and 1-propanol, often via Fischer–Speier esterification.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards #0532". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 
  2. ^ a b c d e Record in the GESTIS Substance Database of the IFA
  3. ^ "n-Propyl acetate". Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 
  4. ^ Union Carbide Data Sheet. Vol. 1/25/1965
  5. ^ "n-Propyl acetate". Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 

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