Methyl levulinate

  • Methyl 4-oxopentanoate
  • Pentanoic acid, 4-oxo-, methyl ester
  • 4-Oxopentanoic acid methyl ester
  • Methyl b-acetylpropionate
  • Methyl levulate
Formula
C6H10O3
Structure
Description
Colorless liquid with a pleasant odor.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
624-45-3
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
210-846-4
R: 36/37/38
Canada DSL/NDSL
DSL
Austrailia AICS
Listed
New Zealand
Listed
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed
Korea ECL
Listed

Properties.
Formula
C6H10O3
Formula mass
130.14
Melting point, °C
-24
Boiling point, °C
193 - 195
Vapor pressure, mmHg
0.41 (25 C)
Critical temperature
352
Critical pressure
33.1
Density
1.05 g/cm3 (20 C)
Solubility in water
Very soluble
Refractive index
1.4232 (17 C)
Partition coefficient, pKow
-0.13
Heat of vaporization
43.2 kJ/mol

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Keep container tightly sealed. Store in cool, dry place in tightly closed containers.
Protection
Impervious gloves. Safety glasses. Protective work clothing.
Small spills/leaks
Absorb with liquid-binding material (sand, diatomite, acid binders, universal binders, sawdust). Ensure adequate ventilation
Stability
Decomposition will not occur if used and stored according to specifications. Keep away from heat and light.
Incompatibilities
Oxidizing agents.

Fire.
Flash Point,°C
67
Fire fighting
Extinguish using carbon dioxide, extinguishing powder or water spray. Fight larger fires with water spray or alcohol resistant foam. Wear self-contained respirator. Wear fully protective impervious suit.
Health
1
 
Flammability
1
 
 
Reactivity
1
 

Health.
Exposure effects
Causes irritation of the eyes, skin and mucous membranes.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Seek immediate medical advice.
   Inhalation
Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep patient warm. Seek immediate medical advice.
   Skin
Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly. Seek immediate medical advice.
   Eyes
Rinse opened eye for several minutes under running water. Then consult a doctor.

Transport.