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2-Hydroxyphenethylamine is a chemical compound that belongs to the class of organic compounds known as phenethylamines. Phenethylamines are compounds containing a phenethylamine moiety, which consists of a phenyl group substituted at the second position by an ethylamine.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

The chemical structure of 2-Hydroxyphenethylamine consists of a benzene ring, which is a cyclic compound with the formula C6H5, attached to an ethylamine group, which is a primary amine with the formula CH3CH2NH2. The "2-Hydroxy" part of the name indicates that a hydroxyl group (OH) is attached to the second carbon of the ethylamine group.

Properties and Synthesis[edit | edit source]

2-Hydroxyphenethylamine is a colorless to pale yellow liquid at room temperature. It is soluble in water and most organic solvents. The compound can be synthesized through the reaction of phenethylamine with a suitable oxidizing agent in the presence of a catalyst.

Applications[edit | edit source]

2-Hydroxyphenethylamine has been studied for its potential use in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and other biologically active compounds. It is also used as a building block in the synthesis of larger, more complex organic compounds.

Safety and Toxicity[edit | edit source]

Like many organic compounds, 2-Hydroxyphenethylamine should be handled with care. It can cause irritation to the skin and eyes, and may be harmful if swallowed or inhaled. Appropriate safety measures should be taken when handling this compound.

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