Methyl pentanoate

Methyl pentanoate, commonly known as methyl valerate, is the methyl ester of pentanoic acid (valeric acid) with a fruity odor.

Methyl pentanoate[1]
Preferred IUPAC name
Methyl pentanoate
Other names
Methyl valerate
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.009.853
Molar mass 116.160 g·mol−1
Density 0.89 g/cm3
Melting point <25 °C
Boiling point 126 °C (259 °F; 399 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Methyl pentanoate is commonly used in fragrances, beauty care, soap, laundry detergents at levels of 0.1–1%.

In a very pure form (greater than 99.5%) it is used as a plasticizer in the manufacture of plastics.

It is also used as an insecticide.

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