Isoamyl Propionate

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

What is the Isoamyl Propionate?

The molecule Isoamyl Propionate presents a molecular formula of C8H16O2 and its IUPAC name is isoamyl propionate.

Isoamyl propionate, also known as isopropyl myristate, is a clear, colorless liquid with a fruity odor. It is used as a flavor ingredient in food and beverages and as a fragrance in cosmetics and personal care products..

Isoamyl propionate is a naturally occurring ester found in several fruits and vegetables. It is also produced synthetically for use in food and cosmetics..

Isoamyl propionate has a fruity, banana-like flavor and is used as a flavor ingredient in a variety of foods and beverages. It is also used as a fragrance in cosmetics and personal care products..

Isoamyl propionate is a flammable liquid and should be stored in a cool, dry place away from heat and ignition sources..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

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

2D drawing


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Isoamyl Propionate


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC nameisoamyl propionate
InChI codeInChI=1S/C12H16O2/c1-10(2)8-9-14-12(13)11-6-4-3-5-7-11/h3-7,10H,8-9H2,1-2H3

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 nameisoamyl propionate
Molecular formulaC8H16O2
Molecular weight144.211
Melting point (ºC)-
Boiling point (ºC)161
Density (g/cm3)0.870
Molar refractivity41.86
Topological polar surface area26.3

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.