A summary of the most common chemical descriptors (InChI Key and SMILES codes) for 4-Methoxyphenol are summarized together with 3D and 2D structures and relevant physico-chemical properties.

What is the 4-Methoxyphenol?

The molecule 4-Methoxyphenol presents a molecular formula of C7H8O2 and its IUPAC name is 4-methoxyphenol.

4-Methoxyphenol, also known as p-anisaldehyde, is an organic compound with the molecular formula C8H8O2. It is a white solid with a characteristic anise-like odor. It is a precursor to a variety of important chemicals, such as dyes, flavors, and fragrances..

4-Methoxyphenol is produced on a large scale by the partial oxidation of toluene with oxygen. The resulting mixture is fractionated to give p-anisaldehyde as the main product..

4-Methoxyphenol is used as a starting material for the production of a variety of dyes and fragrances. It is also used as a flavor ingredient in food and beverages..

The safety of 4-methoxyphenol has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR concluded that 4-methoxyphenol is safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products at concentrations up to 0.1%..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 4-Methoxyphenol 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 name4-methoxyphenol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C7H14/c1-4-6-7(3)5-2/h4,7H,1,5-6H2,2-3H3

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 name4-methoxyphenol
Molecular formulaC7H8O2
Molecular weight124.137
Melting point (ºC)56
Boiling point (ºC)243
Density (g/cm3)-
Molar refractivity34.96
Topological polar surface area-

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.