2-Methoxybenzaldehyde

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2-Methoxybenzaldehyde[edit | edit source]

Structure of 2-Methoxybenzaldehyde

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde is an organic compound with the chemical formula C₈H₈O₂. It is also known as o-Anisaldehyde or ortho-Anisaldehyde. This compound belongs to the class of aromatic aldehydes and is commonly used in various industries.

Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with a strong, sweet, and floral odor. It has a molecular weight of 136.15 g/mol and a boiling point of 248-250 °C. The compound is sparingly soluble in water but soluble in organic solvents such as ethanol and ether.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde can be synthesized through several methods. One common method involves the oxidation of 2-methoxytoluene using an oxidizing agent such as chromic acid or potassium permanganate. Another method involves the reaction of anisole with chloroacetic acid followed by hydrolysis.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde finds applications in various industries due to its unique properties. Some of its uses include:

Fragrance and Flavor Industry[edit | edit source]

Due to its pleasant floral odor, 2-Methoxybenzaldehyde is widely used as a fragrance and flavoring agent in the perfume and food industries. It is often used to add a sweet and floral note to various products.

Pharmaceutical Industry[edit | edit source]

The compound is also utilized in the pharmaceutical industry as an intermediate in the synthesis of various drugs and pharmaceuticals. It serves as a building block for the production of antihistamines, antifungal agents, and other pharmaceutical compounds.

Chemical Research[edit | edit source]

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde is commonly used in chemical research as a starting material for the synthesis of other organic compounds. Its reactivity and versatility make it a valuable tool for the development of new molecules and materials.

Safety[edit | edit source]

2-Methoxybenzaldehyde should be handled with care as it is a flammable liquid. It may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Proper protective measures, such as gloves and goggles, should be used when working with this compound. It is also important to store it in a cool and well-ventilated area away from sources of ignition.

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