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An Overview of Ethyl Cinnamate, 103-36-6

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Ethyl cinnamate (Cas No. 103-36-6) is the ester of cinnamic acid and ethanol.  It is present in the essential oil of cinnamon.  This post is here for giving you a quick overview of ethyl cinnamate.


General specification

Molecular formula: C11H12O2

Molar mass: 176.212

Appearance: colourless liquid, sweet balsamic-honey note

Melting point: 6.5 to 7.5 °C

Boiling point: 271 to 272 °C

Solubility: Water, 178 mg/L (25 deg C)


Cinnamic acid, ethyl ester; Ethyl cinnamate; Ethyl trans-cinnamate; Ethyl β-phenylacrylate; Ethyl 3-phenylpropenoate; Ethyl 3-phenylacrylate; Ethyl 3-phenyl-2-propenoate; Ethyl (2E)-3-phenyl-2-propenoate


Ethyl Cinnamate is mainly used in spices essences, also excellent perfume fixative. It is an important kind of fragrance and spices intermediates. Ethyl Cinnamate can also be used as the intermediates of medicine and food additives. Because of its high boiling point and stability, it is appropriate to be used for baked goods.

Ethyl cinnamate is non-toxic and can easily be used in multi-user microscope facilities. This method opens up tissue clearing to a much broader group of researchers due to its ease of use, the non-toxic nature of ethyl cinnamate and broad applicability.


Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, acids, bases, reducing agents. Combustible.


Store in cool place. Keep container tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, acids, bases and reducing agents.

Production method

It can be obtained through the esterification between cinnamic acid and ethanol in the presence of sulfuric acid with a yield of about 60%. It can also be derived through the reaction bewteen benzaldehyde and ethyl acetate.

It can be obtained through the reaction between benzaldehyde and ethyl acetate in the presence of sodium metal.

It is derived from the heating of cinnamic acid, ethanol and sulfuric acid to 100 °C in the presence of aluminum sulfate.



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