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2-Methylbutanol, also known as active amyl alcohol, is a chemical compound with the molecular formula C5H12O. It is a secondary alcohol that is used as a solvent and in the manufacture of some chemicals.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

2-Methylbutanol is a five-carbon alcohol with a methyl group on the second carbon atom. This structure is represented by the formula CH3CH(CH3)CH2CH2OH. The presence of the hydroxyl (-OH) group makes it an alcohol.

Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Methylbutanol is a colorless liquid at room temperature with a strong, alcoholic odor. It has a boiling point of 131.6 degrees Celsius and a melting point of -104.7 degrees Celsius. It is soluble in water and most organic solvents.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2-Methylbutanol is primarily used as a solvent in the chemical industry. It is also used in the manufacture of other chemicals, including esters used in perfumes and flavors.

Safety[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 2-methylbutanol can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It can also cause central nervous system depression if inhaled or ingested. Proper safety measures should be taken when handling this chemical.

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