Acetophenone is the organic compound with the formula C6H5C(O)CH3 (also represented by the pseudoelement symbols PhAc or BzMe). It is the simplest aromatic ketone. This colorless, viscous liquid is a precursor to useful resins and fragrances.
1. Acetophenone is used to create fragrances that resemble almond, cherry, honeysuckle, jasmine, and strawberry
2. It is used in chewing gum
3. Being prochiral, acetophenone is also a popular test substrate for asymmetric transfer hydrogenation experiments
4. Acetophenone is also commonly used as a flavouring in many cherry flavoured sweets and drinks, as it costs far less and proves as satisfying to consumers this way