Methyl phenylacetate

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methyl phenyl acetate
IUPAC name Methyl 2-phenylacetate
Other names Methyl 2-phenyl acetate, Methyl benzene acetate, Methyl benzene/phenyl ethanoate
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
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Properties
C6H5CH2COOCH3
Molar mass 150.1745 g/mol
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 1.055 g/cm3 (± 0.06)
Boiling point
Refractive index (nD) 1.505 (± 0.02) at 20°C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references



Methyl phenylacetate is an organic compound that is the ester formed from methanol and phenylacetic acid. 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 phenyacetate. 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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