A summary of the most common chemical descriptors (InChI Key and SMILES codes) for (R)-3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol are summarized together with 3D and 2D structures and relevant physico-chemical properties.

What is the (R)-3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol?

The molecule (R)-3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol presents a molecular formula of C10H14O3 and its IUPAC name is (2R)-3-(2-methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol.

R-(3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol) is a molecule with the chemical formula C10H15O2. It is a white solid at room temperature and pressure, and is soluble in water. It has a melting point of -78 °C and a boiling point of 108 °C..

This molecule is used as a starting material for the synthesis of several pharmaceuticals, including the antihistamine loratadine and the antidepressant fluoxetine. It is also used as an insecticide and as a photographic developer..

R-(3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol) is produced by the reaction of 2-methylphenol and propylene oxide in the presence of a strong acid catalyst..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of (R)-3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol in x, y and z coordinates (Å units) to copy/paste elsewhere. Generated with Open Babel software.

2D drawing


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Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name(2R)-3-(2-methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C10H14O3/c1-8-4-2-3-5-10(8)13-7-9(12)6-11/h2-5,9,11-12H,6-7H2,1H3/t9-/m1/s1

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.

  • (R)-3-(2-Methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol
  • Meperidine Hydrochloride, USP
  • NCGC00016266-01

Reference codes for other databases

There exist several different chemical codes commonly used in orded to identify molecules:
  • ZINC450
  • CAS-59-47-2
  • CHEMBL1741472
  • SCHEMBL6482337

Physico-Chemical properties

IUPAC name(2R)-3-(2-methylphenoxy)propane-1,2-diol
Molecular formulaC10H14O3
Molecular weight182.216
Melting point (ºC)
Boiling point (ºC)
Density (g/cm3)
Molar refractivity49.84
Topological polar surface area49.7

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.