2-Methylbenzyl Alcohol

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

What is the 2-Methylbenzyl Alcohol?

The molecule 2-Methylbenzyl Alcohol presents a molecular formula of C8H10O and its IUPAC name is 2-methylbenzyl alcohol.

2-Methylbenzyl alcohol is a molecule with the molecular formula C7H8O. It is a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic odor. It is insoluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents. It is used as a solvent and as an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals..

2-Methylbenzyl alcohol is produced by the catalytic hydrogenation of toluene. It is also produced by the partial oxidation of toluene with oxygen in the presence of a platinum catalyst..

2-Methylbenzyl alcohol is used as a solvent for paints, varnishes, and lacquers. It is also used in the synthesis of dyes, resins, and other chemicals..

Health and Safety.

2-Methylbenzyl alcohol is a flammable liquid and vapor. It can be harmful if inhaled or swallowed. Contact with the skin can cause irritation..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

Geometry of 2-Methylbenzyl 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-Methylbenzyl Alcohol


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC name2-methylbenzyl alcohol
InChI codeInChI=1S/C11H24/c1-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11(2)3/h11H,4-10H2,1-3H3

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 name2-methylbenzyl alcohol
Molecular formulaC8H10O
Molecular weight122.164
Melting point (ºC)39
Boiling point (ºC)-
Density (g/cm3)-
Molar refractivity37.54
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.