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Methyl Lactate (DL)

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Methyl Lactate(DL)

Similar to the properties of Ethyl Lactate, DL-Methyl Lactate is colorless and clear with a peculiar odor. It is soluble in water and many solvents. It has a high boiling point and slow volatility rate. Products include D and L optically active isomers as well as racemic (DL isomers). Optically active isomers are currently used as synthetic raw materials in pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

Basic information

Package unit, packing style

20kg Jerry can, 200kg polyetylene drum

Features (information on components, physical properties)

Chemical name,

IUPAC name

Methyl Lactate
Another nameMethyl2-Hydroxypropanoate
CAS No. 547-64-8
Chemical formula
Structural formula
Mol. Wt. 104.10
Description Clear and colorless liquid
Odor Characteristic ester odor
Specific gravity

d20/20 1.080 ~ 1.100

Refractive index


Melting Point 


Boiling Point 

143.8℃ (760mmHg)

Flash Point 

54.5°C(Tag closed test)

Flash point 



Lower limit 2.2 vol% Upper limit 21.0 vol%

Vapor pressure

0.393kPa (20°C)0.746kPa (30°C)

 Vapor density 

3.6 g/L

Evaporation rate (20℃) 

0.165(Butyl Acetate=1)

Surface tension 

35dyn/cm (20℃)

Thermal conductivity 0.131kcal/m deg hr
Viscosity 3.106cp (20℃)
Solubility Soluble in water and alcohol



*For detailed information on harmfulness and data on properties of Methyl Lactate, please see the safety data sheet (SDS).


Safety data


5,000 mg/kg or more (rat; oral)

LC505.73 g/㎥ or more (rat). No dead cases

Product specs

Product Type

Methyl Lactate

Product Specifications

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Main purposes of use and effects

Main applications


PharmaceuticalsSynthetic raw materials
CosmeticsRaw material for fragrances
Industrial ApplicationsDetergents for electronic materials, general cleaning agents, solvents for printing, glass cleaners, plastic solvents, lubricants
Agrochemical materials, insecticide materials, and soil improving agents.
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