Isophorone

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Isophorone[1]
Isophorone
Identifiers
CAS number78-59-1 YesY
PubChem6544
ChemSpider6296 YesY
KEGGC14743 YesY
Jmol-3D imagesImage 1
Properties
Molecular formulaC9H14O
Molar mass138.21 g mol−1
AppearanceColorless to white liquid
OdorPeppermint-like[2]
Density0.92 g/cm3
Melting point−8.1 °C (17.4 °F; 265.0 K)
Boiling point215.2 °C (419.4 °F; 488.3 K)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Isophorone[1]
Isophorone
Identifiers
CAS number78-59-1 YesY
PubChem6544
ChemSpider6296 YesY
KEGGC14743 YesY
Jmol-3D imagesImage 1
Properties
Molecular formulaC9H14O
Molar mass138.21 g mol−1
AppearanceColorless to white liquid
OdorPeppermint-like[2]
Density0.92 g/cm3
Melting point−8.1 °C (17.4 °F; 265.0 K)
Boiling point215.2 °C (419.4 °F; 488.3 K)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Isophorone is an α,β-unsaturated cyclic ketone, a colorless to yellowish liquid with a characteristic peppermint-like smell. It is used as a solvent and as an intermediate in organic synthesis. Isophorone also occurs naturally in cranberries.[3]

Production[edit]

Isophorone can be manufactured by catalyzed self-condensation of acetone.[4] Mesityl oxide is the initial product of the self-aldol condensation of acetone. The mesityl oxide formed can react further with acetone via a Michael reaction and subsequent intramolecular aldol condensation to eventually obtain the six-membered ring of isophorone. This is an example of the Robinson annulation. The yield of the two compounds depends on the reaction conditions.

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History[edit]

The use of isophorone as a solvent resulted from the search for ways to dispose of or recycle acetone, which is a waste product of phenol synthesis by the Hock method.[5]

Uses[edit]

Isophorone is used as a solvent in some printing inks, paints, lacquers, adhesives, copolymers, coatings, finishings and pesticides.[3] It is also used as a chemical intermediate and as an ingredient in wood preservatives and floor sealants.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Merck Index, 13th Edition, 5215.
  2. ^ CDC - NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
  3. ^ a b Chronic Toxicity Summary
  4. ^ U.S. Patent 5,849,957
  5. ^ Isophorone history at Degussa