3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||344.326 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Cream colored powder|
|Melting point||365 to 367 °C (689 to 693 °F; 638 to 640 K)|
|Partially soluble in cold water, hot water|
|Main hazards||Will irritate eyes and mucous membranes.|
|Safety data sheet||External MSDS|
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Bicinchoninic acid is most commonly employed by biochemists in the bicinchoninic acid (BCA) assay, which is used to determine the total level of protein in a solution. In this assay, two molecules of bicinchoninic acid chelate a single Cu+ ion, forming a purple water-soluble complex that strongly absorbs light at 562 nm.