Other names : Benzyl Alcohol & Phenylcarbinol
CAS # : 100-51-6
Molecular formula C7H8O & C6H5CH2OH
Molar mass 108.14 g mol−1
Density 1.044 g/cm3
Melting point -15 °C
Boiling point 205 °C
Acidity (pKa) 15.4
PHYSICAL STATE clear, colorless liquid
SOLUBILITY IN WATER 4 gr/100ml
It is soluble in water and readily soluble in alcohol and ether. Benzyl alcohol is prepared by the hydrolysis of benzyl chloride in the presence of soda ash. Benzyl alcohol has properties of strong polarity and limited water solubility. It features also good solvency, low toxicity and low vapor pressure.
1.It is used as a general solvent for inks, paints, lacquers, epoxy resin coatings, and as a degreasing agent in cleaning as well as for chemical reaction process.
2.It is also a precursor to a variety of esters, used in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries.
3.Its applications include many pharmaceutical preparations and bacteriostatic compounds. It was used for antipruritic activity to relieve itching.
4.It is often added to intravenous medication solutions as a preservative due to its bacteriostatic and antipruritic properties. It is also used as a photographic developer.
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