Methyl Benzoylformate

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

What is the Methyl Benzoylformate?

The molecule Methyl Benzoylformate presents a molecular formula of C9H8O3 and its IUPAC name is methyl benzoylformate.

Methyl benzoylformate is an organic compound with the molecular formula C9H9NO2. It is a white solid that is soluble in organic solvents. It is used as a flavor and fragrance ingredient..

3D structure

Cartesian coordinates

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

2D drawing


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Methyl Benzoylformate


Molecule descriptors

IUPAC namemethyl benzoylformate
InChI codeInChI=1S/C7H17N/c1-3-4-5-6-7-8-2/h8H,3-7H2,1-2H3

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 namemethyl benzoylformate
Molecular formulaC9H8O3
Molecular weight164.158
Melting point (ºC)-
Boiling point (ºC)248
Density (g/cm3)1.155
Molar refractivity42.73
Topological polar surface area12.0

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.