Isoamyl Alcohol (Isopentanol)

Isoamyl Alcohol, also known as Isopentanol is a clear, colorless, liquid organic compound that is one of several isomers of amyl alcohol. It is a principal ingredient in the production of banana oil, a natural ester used in the flavoring industry. It is also used as an antifoaming agent in the Chloroform: Isomyl Alcohol reagent.


Isoamyl alcohol is a colorless, clear liquid with the chemical formula (CH3)2CHCH2CH2OH and the CAS # 123-51-3. The nontoxic compound has a mild, choking disagreeable odor. It is less dense than water, soluble in water, and floats on water. Its main use in industry is as a food additive and flavoring agent. It is manufactured from light petroleum by fractional distillation.


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