Vinyl Acetate

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

What is the Vinyl Acetate?

The molecule Vinyl Acetate presents a molecular formula of C4H6O2 and its IUPAC name is vinyl acetate.

Vinyl acetate is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH3-CO-O-CH=CH2. It is a colorless liquid that is used as a monomer for the production of polyvinyl acetate and other resins. It has a sweet, fruity odor and is miscible with water..

Vinyl acetate is produced by the catalytic dehydrogenation of ethylene. This reaction is used to make polyvinyl alcohol, which is then used to make polyvinyl acetate..

Vinyl acetate is used as a monomer for the production of polyvinyl acetate, which is used in adhesives, paints, and coatings. It is also used in the production of vinyl chloride, which is used to make PVC..

Vinyl acetate is a volatile organic compound (VOC). It can be released into the air from products that contain it. It can also be released into water and soil..

Vinyl acetate can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Exposure to high levels of vinyl acetate can damage the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system..

Vinyl acetate lies as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

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

2D drawing


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Vinyl Acetate


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC namevinyl acetate
InChI codeInChI=1S/C5H13N/c1-2-3-4-5-6/h2-6H2,1H3

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 namevinyl acetate
Molecular formulaC4H6O2
Molecular weight86.0892
Melting point (ºC)-93
Boiling point (ºC)73
Density (g/cm3)0.930
Molar refractivity22.15
Topological polar surface area26.0

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.