Ethyl Acetate

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

What is the Ethyl Acetate?

The molecule Ethyl Acetate presents a molecular formula of C4H8O2 and its IUPAC name is ethyl acetate.

Ethyl acetate is a molecule composed of two carbon atoms, five hydrogen atoms, and two oxygen atoms. The molecular formula for ethyl acetate is C2H5COOH. The molar mass of ethyl acetate is 88.11 g/mol..

Ethyl acetate is a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic fruity odor. It is insoluble in water, but miscible with most organic solvents. Ethyl acetate is produced industrially by the fermentation of ethanol..

Ethyl acetate is used as a solvent for paints, lacquers, and inks. It is also used as an flavoring agent in food and beverages..

The boiling point of ethyl acetate is 77 °C and the melting point is -83 °C. The density of ethyl acetate is 0.902 g/cm3. The vapor pressure of ethyl acetate is 49.7 kPa at 25 °C..

The structure of ethyl acetate is shown in the figure below..

The bonds in ethyl acetate are represented by the black lines. The carbon atoms are represented by the gray spheres, the hydrogen atoms are represented by the white spheres, and the oxygen atom is represented by the red sphere..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

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

2D drawing


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Ethyl Acetate


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC nameethyl acetate
InChI codeInChI=1S/C8H16O4/c1-4-10-7(9)8(11-5-2)12-6-3/h8H,4-6H2,1-3H3

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 nameethyl acetate
Molecular formulaC4H8O2
Molecular weight88.1051
Melting point (ºC)-84
Boiling point (ºC)77
Density (g/cm3)0.900
Molar refractivity22.63
Topological polar surface area44.8

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.