| IUPAC name
| Other names
Methyl hexyl ketone
|Molar mass||128.215 g/mol|
|Odor||Floral, green cheese-like|
|Melting point||−16 °C (3 °F; 257 K)|
|Boiling point||173–175 °C (343–347 °F; 446–448 K)|
|0.0899 g/100 ml (20 °C)|
|Solubility||Miscible with acetone, diethyl ether, ethanol|
|Vapor pressure||1.35 mm Hg at 25 °C|
|Safety data sheet||Sigma-Aldrich|
|Flash point||52 °C (126 °F; 325 K)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
2-Octanone will burn in air to release carbon dioxide and water vapors.
2-Octanone is a clear, colorless liquid. It is oily and barely soluble in water (0.899 g/L at 20 °C), although it will form emulsions. It is however soluble in alcohols and ether It has a strong odor which is reminiscent of fruity candy and blue (green) cheese, sometimes described as unripe apple.
2-Octanone is only available from the major chemical suppliers and some specialty aroma compound companies.
The simplest method of preparing 2-octanol is by the Jones oxidation of 2-octanol.
(explanation of procedure will be posted here soon -zts16)
- Haloform as a route to heptanoic acid
- Fragrant compound collection
2-Octanone is not hazardous to handle, although it has a very strong odor that can be unpleasant to have on the skin.
There are no special storage precautions, any plastic or glass bottle is good.
Complete neutralization can be done with an oxidizing mixture, like Fenton's reagent, by adding it in small amounts. Since it's not very flammable, it should be mixed with a more flammable solvent, like ethanol or acetone before burning it outside or in an incinerator.
- Lewis, R.J. Sr.; Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary 14th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, NY 2001., p. 737