ORTHO CRESOL (95-48-7)

Product Overview

Ortho-Cresol is an organic compound with the formula CH₃C₆H₄. Ortho Cresol has a musty, phenolic aftertaste and is a colorless solid or liquid with a phenolic odor. It darkens on exposure to air. It is slightly soluble in water, sensitive to light and air, and may darken when exposed to air.

Found in various natural sources such as Acacial farnesiana, ylang-ylang oil, jasmine absolute, orange oil, Lilium candidum flowers, anise seed oil, Artemisia santolinoflia essence, sea algae, asparagus, peppermint oil, cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, butter, milk, fish, egg, pork, rum, Scotch whiskey, red wine, white wine, coffee, mango, cinnamon, Oriental tobacco, sherry, tea, tomato, and whiskey. Can be purified by repeated fractional distillation and crystallization from benzene or partial freezing of its melt. The 3,5-dinitrobenzoate is a crystallization method.

Characteristic Data

Density1.05 g/cm³
Boiling Point191 °C
Melting point29-31 °C
ClassificationOrganic Compound
Vapor density3.72 (vs air)
Vapor pressure0.3 mm Hg ( 20 °C)
Flash point178 °F
Storage tempunder inert gas
FormLiquid or Low Melting Solid
Colorwhite to brown
Odorat 0.01 % in dipropylene glycol. musty phenolic plastic medicinal herbal leathery
Odor TypePhenolic
Odor Threshold0.00028ppm
Water Solubility20 g/L (20 ºC)


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Ortho-cresol is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH₃C₆H₄. It is a colorless solid and a derivative of phenol, belonging to the family of cresols.

Ortho-cresol is an isomer of p-cresol and m-cresol, differing in the position of the methyl group on the benzene ring. The isomeric structure affects its properties and applications in various chemical processes.

Ortho-cresol serves as a crucial intermediate in the synthesis of various chemicals. Its reactivity and structure make it valuable for the production of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other specialty chemicals.

Ortho-cresol is a colorless solid. Its physical and chemical properties, such as solubility and reactivity, contribute to its versatility in chemical synthesis and industrial processes.

When working with ortho-cresol, it’s important to adhere to safety guidelines and regulations to ensure proper handling. Safety measures may include the use of protective equipment and compliance with regulatory standards to minimize potential risks.

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