Dimethyl Malonate

Cas Number


Other Names

Malonic acid dimethyl ester

The formula



Dimethyl malonate' is a diester derivative of malonic acid. It is a common reagent for organic synthesis used, for example, as a precursor for barbituric acid. It is also used in the malonic ester synthesis. It can be synthesized from dimethoxymethane and carbon monoxide.

Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical state and appearance Colorless liquid
Molecular Weight 132.12 g·mol−1
Density 1.154
Melting point −62 °C (−80 °F; 211 K)
Boiling Point 180 to 181 °C (356 to 358 °F; 453 to 454 K)
Solubility in water Slightly soluble

1. Dimethyl malonate is used extensively in the fragrance industry as a raw material in the synthesis of jasmonates.

2. DMM are widely used in the chemical industry as intermediates for the synthesis of a variety of organic chemicals, for example to introduce an acetic moiety or a hydroxyester group into molecules.