3D model (JSmol)
|E number||E1518 (additional chemicals)|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||218.205 g·mol−1|
|Melting point|| −78 °C (−108 °F; 195 K) |
at 760 mmHg
|Boiling point|| 259 °C (498 °F; 532 K) |
at 760 mmHg
|6.1 g/100 mL|
|Solubility||Miscible in EtOH|
Soluble in C6H6, (C2H5)2O, acetone
|Vapor pressure||0.051 Pa (11.09 °C)|
0.267 Pa (25.12 °C)
2.08 Pa (45.05 °C)
Refractive index (nD)
|1.4301 (20 °C)|
1.4294 (24.5 °C)
|Viscosity||23 cP (20 °C)|
Heat capacity (C)
Std enthalpy of
Std enthalpy of
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
|Flash point||138 °C (280 °F; 411 K)|
|430 °C (806 °F; 703 K)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (median dose)
|1100 mg/kg (mice, oral)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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The triglyceride 1,2,3-triacetoxypropane is more generally known as triacetin, glycerin triacetate or 1,2,3-triacetylglycerol. It is the triester of glycerol and acetylating agents, such as acetic acid and acetic anhydride. It is a colorless, viscous and odorless liquid at standard temperature and pressure (STP) with a high boiling point and a low melting point. It has a mild, sweet taste in concentrations lower than 500 ppm, but may appear bitter at higher concentrations. It is one of the glycerine acetate compounds.
It is an artificial chemical compound, commonly used as a food additive, for instance as a solvent in flavourings, and for its humectant function, with E number E1518 and Australian approval code A1518. It is used as an excipient in pharmaceutical products, where it is used as a humectant, a plasticizer, and as a solvent.
The plasticizing capabilities of triacetin have been utilized in the synthesis of a biodegradable phospholipid gel system for the dissemination of the cancer drug paclitaxel (PTX). In the study, triacetin was combined with PTX, ethanol, a phospholipid and a medium chain triglyceride to form a gel-drug complex. This complex was then injected directly into the cancer cells of glioma-bearing mice. The gel slowly degraded and facilitated sustained release of PTX into the targeted glioma cells.
Additionally, preliminary research also suggests that triacetin can be used to directly treat glioblastoma. The study found that triacetin is a viable mediator for acetate supplementation, a therapy that inhibits glioblastoma cell growth.
It has been considered as a possible source of food energy in artificial food regeneration systems on long space missions. It is believed to be safe to get over half of one's dietary energy from triacetin.
- 3 (CH
2O + 2 C
3 → 2 C
3 + 3 H
This synthesis has been conducted with catalytic sodium hydroxide and microwave irradiation to give a 99% yield of triacetin. It has also been conducted with a cobalt(II) Salen complex catalyst supported by silicon dioxide and heated to 50 °C for 55 minutes to give a 99% yield of triacetin.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved it as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) food additive and included it in the database according to the opinion from the Select Committee On GRAS Substances (SCOGS).
- "Triacetin and two types of acetooleins have been found to be without toxic effects in long-term feeding tests in rats at levels that were several orders of magnitude greater than those to which consumers are exposed. Three types of acetostearins have been found to be without toxic effects in long-term feeding tests in rats at levels up to 5 g per kg per day. This contrasts with an estimated human consumption of a fraction of a milligram per kg per day. It is recognized that at an even higher feeding level (10 g per kg per day) male rats developed testicular atrophy and female rats, uterine discoloration. However, such a level which would amount to 50 g or more for an infant and 600 g for an adult per day, is vastly higher than would be possible in the consumption of foods to which acetostearins are added for functional purposes."
Triacetin is included in the SCOGS database since 1975.
Triacetin was not toxic to animals in studies of exposure through repeated inhalation over a relatively short period.
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