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Benzyl formate

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Benzyl formate Chemical Properties
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  • Hazard Codes Xn
  • Risk Statements 21/22
  • Safety Statements 36-36/37-23
  • RIDADR NA 1993 / PGIII
  • WGK Germany 1
  • RTECS LQ5400000
  • TSCA Yes
  • HS Code 29151300
  • ToxicityLD50 orl-rat: 1400 mg/kg FCTXAV 11,1019,73
Benzyl formate Usage And Synthesis
  • Chemical PropertiesColorless liquid; fruity-spicy odor. Resembles benzyl acetate in many respects but differs in its greater volatility. Miscible with alcohols, ketones, oils, aromatic, aliphatic and halogenated hydrocarbons; insoluble in water.
  • Chemical PropertiesBenzyl formate has an intense, pleasant, floral-fruity odor and sweet taste reminiscent of apricot and pineapple.
  • OccurrenceReported found in the oil of Rosa rugosa, sour cherry, American cranberry, ligonberry, coffee, black tea, Agaricus mushroom, Ocimum basilicum, Bourbon vanilla and crowberry (Empetrum nigrum Coll.).
  • UsesSolvent for cellulose esters; in perfumery.
  • PreparationBy heating a mixture of formic/acetic anhydride and benzyl alcohol to 50°C; by passing a mixture of formic acid and excess benzyl alcohol over a catalyst (ThO2 or TiO2) at high temperature.
  • Taste threshold valuesTaste characteristics at 10 ppm: fresh cherry with a berry, strawberry fruity nuance.
  • Synthesis Reference(s)Journal of the American Chemical Society, 82, p. 2380, 1960 DOI: 10.1021/ja01494a065
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 55, p. 2952, 1990 DOI: 10.1021/jo00296a072
  • HazardMay be narcotic in high concentration.
  • Safety ProfileModerately toxic by ingestion andskin contact. Mutation data reported. Probably narcotic inhigh concentrations. When heated todecomposition it emits acrid, irritating fumes.
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