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Octyl acetate, or octyl ethanoate, is an ester that is formed from octanol (octyl alcohol) and acetic acid. It is mostly found in oranges and other citrus products.
Octyl acetate can be synthesized by a condensation reaction:
C8H17OH + CH3COOH → C10H20O2 + H2O
Because of its fruity odor, octyl acetate is used as the basis for artificial flavors and in perfumery. It is also as a solvent for nitrocellulose, waxes, oils and some resins.
Acetic acid /əˈsiːtɨk/ (systematically named ethanoic acid /ˌɛθəˈnoʊɨk/) is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH3COOH (also written as CH3CO2H or C2H4O2). It is a colourless liquid that when undiluted is also called glacial acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main component ofvinegar (apart from water; vinegar is roughly 8% acetic acid by volume), and has a distinctive sour taste and pungent smell. Besides its production as household vinegar, it is mainly produced as a precursor to polyvinylacetate and cellulose acetate. Although it is classified as a weak acid, concentrated acetic acid is corrosive and attacks the skin.
The term Octanol usually refers to the isomer, octan-1-ol, with the molecular formula CH3(CH2)7OH. It is a fatty alcohol. Many other isomers are also known. Esters of octanol, such as octyl acetate, occur as components of essential oils. Octanol is manufactured for the synthesis of esters for use inperfumes and flavorings. It is used to evaluate the lipophilicity of pharmaceutical products.
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1 or more oranges
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