Benzyl Acetate
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Title: Benzyl Acetate
CAS Registry Number: 140-11-4
CAS Name: Acetic acid phenylmethyl ester
Additional Names: acetic acid benzyl ester
Molecular Formula: C9H10O2
Molecular Weight: 150.17
Percent Composition: C 71.98%, H 6.71%, O 21.31%
Line Formula: C6H5CH2OOCCH3
Literature References: Occurs in a number of plants, particularly jasmine: S. Arctander, Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin (Elizabeth, N.J., 1960) pp 313-314. Prepd from benzyl chloride, acetic acid or sodium acetate and triethylamine: Merker, Scott, J. Org. Chem. 26, 5180 (1961); Hennis et al., Ind. Eng. Chem. Prod. Res. Dev. 6, 193 (1967). Toxicity study: P. M. Jenner et al., Food Cosmet. Toxicol. 2, 327 (1964).
Properties: Liquid; pear-like odor. bp 213°, bp102 134°. mp -51°. d425 1.050. nD20 1.5232, nD25 1.4998. Flash pt, closed cup: 216°F (102°C). Practically insol in water. Misc with alcohol, ether. LD50 orally in rats: 2490 mg/kg (Jenner).
Melting point: mp -51°
Boiling point: bp 213°; bp102 134°
Flash point: Flash pt, closed cup: 216°F (102°C)
Index of refraction: nD20 1.5232; nD25 1.4998
Density: d425 1.050
Toxicity data: LD50 orally in rats: 2490 mg/kg (Jenner)
CAUTION: If ingested can cause G.I. irritation with vomiting and diarrhea. Also irritating to skin, eyes, respiratory tract.
Use: In perfumery, solvent for cellulose acetate and nitrate.

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