Ethyl decanoate

Ethyl decanoate, also known as ethyl caprate, is a fatty acid ester formed from capric acid and ethanol. This ester is a frequent product of fermentation during winemaking, especially at temperatures above 15 °C.[1]

Ethyl decanoate
Preferred IUPAC name
Ethyl decanoate
Other names
Decanoic acid ethyl ester
Ethyl caprate
Ethyl caprinate
Ethyl decylate
Capric acid ethyl ester
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.003.421
Molar mass 200.322 g·mol−1
Density 0.862 g/cm3
Melting point −26 °C (−15 °F; 247 K)
Boiling point 245 °C (473 °F; 518 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Infobox references


  1. Killian, E.; Ough, C. S. (1979). "Fermentation Esters — Formation and Retention as Affected by Fermentation Temperature". American Journal of Enology and Viticulture. 30 (4): 301–305.
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