Isobutyraldehyde is the chemical compound. It is an aldehyde, isomeric with n-butyraldehyde (butanal). It is manufactured, often as a side-product, by the hydroformylation of propene. Its odour is described as that of wet cereal or straw. It undergoes the Cannizaro reaction even though it has alpha hydrogen atom.
1. Isobutyraldehyde makes a feed for the synthesis of alcohols, acids, amines and esters.
2. It is used in the chemical processes for the production of plasticisers, pharmaceuticals, crop protection products, synthetic resins, fragrances, solvents and various additives which are used in numerous branches of the industry (antioxidants, wetting agents, perfume components, improving agents, etc.).