Triethyl citrate

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Triethyl citrate[1]
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IUPAC name
1,2,3-Triethyl 2-hydroxypropane-1,2,3-tricarboxylate
Other names
Ethyl citrate
Citric acid ethyl ester
77-93-0 YesY
ChemSpider 13850879 N
EC Number 201-070-7
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PubChem 6506
Molar mass 276.283 g/mol
Appearance Oily liquid
Density 1.137 g/mL at 25 °C
Melting point −55 °C (−67 °F; 218 K)[2]
Boiling point 127 °C (261 °F; 400 K) at 1 mmHg
235 °C at 150 mmHg
65 g/L[2]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Triethyl citrate is an ester of citric acid. It is a colorless, odorless liquid used as a food additive (E number E1505) to stabilize foams, especially as whipping aid for egg white.[3] It is also used in pharmaceutical coatings and plastics.[4]

Triethyl citrate is also used as a plasticizer for polyvinylchloride and similar plastics.[5]


  1. ^ Triethyl citrate at Sigma-Aldrich
  2. ^ a b Record of Triethyl citrate in the GESTIS Substance Database of the IFA
  3. ^ William J. Stadelman, Owen J. Cotterill (1995). Egg Science and Technology. Haworth Press. ISBN 1-56022-855-5. 
  4. ^ Pharmaceutical Coatings Bulletin 102-4,
  5. ^ Hwan-Man Park, Manjusri Misra, Lawrence T. Drzal, and Amar K. Mohanty (2004). ""Green" Nanocomposites from Cellulose Acetate Bioplastic and Clay: Effect of Eco-Friendly Triethyl Citrate Plasticizer". Biomacromolecules 5 (6): 2281–2288. doi:10.1021/bm049690f. PMID 15530043.