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Levulinic acid October 2, 2006

Filed under: ebook — thepharmaman @ 7:35 am

Levulinic acid

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Levulinic acid
Levulinic acid
Chemical name 4-Oxopentanoic acid
Other names Levulinic acid
Laevulinic acid
β-Acetylpropionic acid
3-Acetopropionic acid
Chemical formula C5H8O3
Molecular mass 116.11 g/mol
CAS number [123-76-2]
Density 1.1447 g/cm3
Melting point 33-35 °C
Boiling point 245-246 °C
Disclaimer and references

Levulinic acid, or 4-oxopentanoic acid, is a white crystalline keto acid prepared from levulose, inulin, starch, etc., by boiling them with dilute hydrochloric or sulfuric acids. It is soluble in water, ethanol, and diethyl ether, but essentially insoluble in aliphatic hydrocarbons.

Levulinic acid is used in the manufacture of nylons, synthetic rubbers, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. It is a precursor in the industrial production of other chemical commodities such as methyltatrahydrofuran, valerolactone, and ethyl levulinate.


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