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Cis-3-hexenol

Cis-3-hexenol
Cis-3-hexenol
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Product Description
s-3-Hexen-1-ol, also known as (Z)-3-hexen-1-ol and leaf, is a colorless oily liquid with an intense grassy-green odor of freshly cut green grass and leaves. It is produced in small amounts by most plants and it acts as an attractant to many predatoryinsects. cis-3-Hexen-1-ol is a very important aroma compound that is used in fruit and vegetable flavors and in perfumes. The yearly production is about 30 tonnes.

cis-3-Hexen-1-ol is an its esters are also important flavor and fragrance raw materials. The related aldehyde cis-3-hexenal(leaf aldehyde) has a similar and even stronger smell but is relatively unstable and isomerizes into the conjugated trans-2-hexenal.

This compound has been recognized as a semiochemical involved in mechanisms and behaviors of attraction in diverse animals such as insects and mammals. However, there is no scientific evidence of its aphrodisiac effects in humans. The popular Mexican beverage, mezcal, is found to have enhanced concentrations of this compound when a maguey worm is served in the glass.

Identifiers

CAS Number

928-96-1

Properties

Chemical formula

C6H12O

Molar mass

100.159 g/mol

Appearance

colorless liquid

Density

0.846 g/cm3

Melting point

−61 °C (−78 °F; 212 K)

Boiling point

156.5 °C (313.7 °F; 429.6 K)

Solubility in water

very slightly soluble

Solubility

soluble in ethanol, ether


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