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Methyl lactate


Basic Information

Similar to the properties of ethyl lactate, 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.

Physical properties of methyl lactate

Chemical Name 2-methyl hydroxybenzoate
CAS Registry No. 547-64-8
Mol. Wt. 104.10
Description Clear and colorless liquid
Odor Characteristic ester odor
Specific gravity 1.097 (20℃)
Refractive index 1.4145 (20℃)
Melting Point -66℃
Boiling Point 145℃ (760mmHg)
Flash Point 55℃ (Closed)
Flash point 385℃
Explosibility Lower limit 2.2 vol% Upper limit 21.0 vol%
Vapor pressure 2.7mmHg (20℃)
Vapor density 3.6
Evaporation rate (20℃) 29 (N-butyl acetic acid=100)
Surface tension 31dyn/cm (20℃)
Thermal conductivity 0.131kcal/m deg hr
Viscosity 3.11cp (20℃)
Solubility Soluble in water and alcohol
BOD 0.94g/g
COD(Mn) 0.42g/g

Safety Data

LD50 At least 5000mg/kg (Male rats), At least 5000mg/kg (Female rats)
LC50 At least 5730mg/m3 (Rats) No deaths

Product Specifications

Product Type

Methyl lactate

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Main Applications and Effects

Main applications

Pharmaceuticals Synthetic raw materials
Cosmetics Raw material for fragrances
Industrial Applications Detergents 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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