2-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol

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

What is the 2-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol?

The molecule 2-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol presents a molecular formula of C7H7ClO and its IUPAC name is 2-chlorobenzyl alcohol.

2-Chlorobenzyl alcohol is a molecule with the chemical formula C6H5CH2ClOH. It is a colorless liquid with a strong, pungent odor. It is soluble in water and insoluble in most organic solvents..

2-Chlorobenzyl alcohol is used as a starting material for the synthesis of a variety of organic compounds, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and dyestuffs. It is also used as a solvent and as an intermediate in the production of other chemicals..

Health hazards.

2-Chlorobenzyl alcohol is a severe eye irritant. Ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Inhalation of the vapor can cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Prolonged or repeated exposure can cause liver and kidney damage..


2-Chlorobenzyl alcohol should be handled with care. It should be kept in a well-ventilated area. Workers should wear protective clothing, including gloves, goggles, and a respirator..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 2-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol in x, y and z coordinates (Å units) to copy/paste elsewhere. Generated with Open Babel software.

2D drawing


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2-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name2-chlorobenzyl alcohol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C7H7ClS/c8-7-4-2-1-3-6(7)5-9/h1-4,9H,5H2

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 name2-chlorobenzyl alcohol
Molecular formulaC7H7ClO
Molecular weight142.583
Melting point (ºC)70
Boiling point (ºC)227
Density (g/cm3)-
Molar refractivity37.58
Topological polar surface area38.8

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.