3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol

A summary of the most common chemical descriptors (InChI Key and SMILES codes) for 3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol are summarized together with 3D and 2D structures and relevant physico-chemical properties.

What is the 3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol?

The molecule 3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol presents a molecular formula of C8H10O2 and its IUPAC name is 3-methoxybenzyl alcohol.

3-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is a molecule with the chemical formula C7H9O2. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic odor. It is miscible with water and insoluble in most organic solvents..

3-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is used as a starting material for the synthesis of a variety of organic compounds. It is also used as a solvent and as an intermediate in the production of pharmaceuticals and other chemicals..

3-Methoxybenzyl alcohol is a flammable liquid and should be kept away from heat and open flames. It should be stored in a cool, dry place in a well-ventilated area..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol in x, y and z coordinates (Å units) to copy/paste elsewhere. Generated with Open Babel software.

2D drawing


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3-Methoxybenzyl Alcohol


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name3-methoxybenzyl alcohol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C9H10O3/c1-12-8-4-2-3-7(5-8)6-9(10)11/h2-5H,6H2,1H3,(H,10,11)

Other names (synonyms)

IUPAC nomenclature provides a standardized method for naming chemical compounds. Although this system is widely used in chemistry, many chemical compounds have also other names commonly used in different contexts. These synonyms can come from a variety of sources and are used for a variety of purposes.

One common source of synonyms for chemical compounds is the common or trivial names, assigned on the basis of appearance, properties, or origin of the molecule.

Another source of synonyms are historical or obsolete names employed in the past, however replaced nowadays by more modern or standardized names.

In addition to common and historical names, chemical compounds may also have synonyms that are specific to a particular field or industry.

Reference codes for other databases

There exist several different chemical codes commonly used in orded to identify molecules:

Physico-Chemical properties

IUPAC name3-methoxybenzyl alcohol
Molecular formulaC8H10O2
Molecular weight138.164
Melting point (ºC)-
Boiling point (ºC)-
Density (g/cm3)1.112
Molar refractivity39.06
Topological polar surface area46.5

LogP and topological polar surface area (TPSA) values were estimated using Open Babel software.

The n-octanol/water partition coeficient (Kow) data is applied in toxicology and drug research. Kow values are used, to guess the environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants. High partition coefficients values, tend to accumulate in the fatty tissue of organisms. Molecules with a log(Kow) (or LogP) greater than 5 are considered to bioaccumulate.

TPSA values are the sum of the surface area over all polar atoms or molecules, mainly oxygen and nitrogen, also including hydrogen atoms.

In medicinal chemistry, TPSA is used to assess the ability of a drug to permeabilise cells.

For molecules to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (and act on receptors in the central nervous system), TPSA values below 90 Å2 are required. Thus, molecules with a polar surface area greater than 140 Å2 tend to be poorly permeable to cell membranes.