Methyl Lactate
Title: Methyl Lactate
CAS Registry Number: 547-64-8
CAS Name: 2-Hydroxypropanoic acid methyl ester
Molecular Formula: C4H8O3
Molecular Weight: 104.10
Percent Composition: C 46.15%, H 7.75%, O 46.11%
Line Formula: CH3CH(OH)COOCH3
Literature References: Prepd by heating 1 mole lactic acid condensation polymer with 2.5-5 moles of methanol and a small quantity of H2SO4 at 100° for 1-4 hours in a heavy-walled bottle: Rehberg, Org. Synth. coll. vol. III, 47-48 (1955).
Properties: Colorless, transparent liquid. d19 1.09. bp 144-145°. nD16 1.4156. Soluble in alcohol, ether; dec by water.
Boiling point: bp 144-145°
Index of refraction: nD16 1.4156
Density: d19 1.09
CAUTION: Mild irritant.
Use: Cellulose acetate solvent.

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