Ethyl Cyanoacetate

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Ethyl cyanoacetate is an organic compound that contains a carboxylate ester and a nitrile. It is a colourless liquid with a pleasant odor. This material is useful as a starting material for synthesis due to its variety of functional groups and chemical reactivity.

Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical state and Appearance : clear to very light yellow liquid
Odor : slight, pleasant odor
Molecular Weight: 113.11458 [g/mol]
Color: clear to very light yellow
Boiling Point(˚C): 209 C
Melting Point: -22 C
Index of refraction: 1.41793 @ 20.5 DEG C/D
Specific Gravity: 1.063
Auto ignition: 478 C
Solubility: Insoluble in water; sol in ammonia water, aq soln of alkalies; miscible with alcohol, ether
Refractive index: 1.4175
Flash point: 110 C
Vapor Density: 3.9 (AIR= 1)
Vapor Pressure: 1 mm hg @ 67.8 deg c

Ethyl cyanoacetate are the basic chemical intermediates for the production of malonates, barbitals, caffeine, betaine, vitamin B, pharmaceuticals, glycine, surfactants, agrochemicals, dyestuffs, adhesives, indigo dyes, herbicides and engineering plastic.