Benzyl acetate

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A clear liquid that smells like pears. Benzyl acetate is used as a solvent for natural and synthetic resins, oils, lacquers, varnishes, printing inks, and paint removers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

phenylmethyl acetate; acetic acid phenylmethyl ester; acetic acid benzyl ester; benzyl ethanoate

Chemical structure

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  • Toxic by inhalation.
  • Skin contact may cause irritation.
  • Combustible. Flash point = 102 C (215.6 F)
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition C6H5CH2OOCCH3
CAS 140-11-4
Melting Point -51 C
Density 1.059-1.062 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 150.18
Refractive Index 1.5015-1.5035
Boiling Point 213 C

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1158

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