3-Fluorobenzyl Alcohol

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

What is the 3-Fluorobenzyl Alcohol?

The molecule 3-Fluorobenzyl Alcohol presents a molecular formula of C7H7FO and its IUPAC name is 3-fluorobenzyl alcohol.

3-Fluorobenzyl alcohol is a molecule with the chemical formula C6H5CH2FOH. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a strong, characteristic odor. It is insoluble in water, but miscible with most organic solvents..

3-Fluorobenzyl alcohol is used as a precursor in the synthesis of a variety of organic compounds, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and dyes. It is also used as a solvent and as a reagent in organic synthesis..

3-Fluorobenzyl alcohol is a human carcinogen. Exposure to this compound can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Symptoms of exposure include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; and difficulty breathing. Prolonged exposure can cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 3-Fluorobenzyl 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-Fluorobenzyl Alcohol


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name3-fluorobenzyl alcohol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C7H16O/c1-3-5-6-7(8)4-2/h7-8H,3-6H2,1-2H3

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-fluorobenzyl alcohol
Molecular formulaC7H7FO
Molecular weight126.128
Melting point (ºC)-
Boiling point (ºC)-
Density (g/cm3)1.160
Molar refractivity32.53
Topological polar surface area20.2

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.