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α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid

suitable for MALDI-TOF MS

α-CHCA, α-CCA, α-Cyano, ACCA, 4-HCCA
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analyte chemical class(es)

glycans, peptides, proteins


245-250 °C (lit.)


suitable for MALDI-TOF MS

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room temp

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General description

α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (CHCA) is specially purified and qualified as a matrix for peptide MALDI-MS (matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry) calibration standards. CHCA enhances ionization of protein or peptide standards and samples in matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometers.
It is also available as part of our ProteoMass MALDI calibration kits (MS-CAL1 and MS-CAL3).


α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid has been used as a matrix for MALDI-TOF MS (matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry) analysis. The matrix has also been used for sample preparation.


Bottomless glass bottle. Contents are inside inserted fused cone.

Legal Information

6538 is a trademark of American Type Culture Collection
ProteoMass is a trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC


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Hazard Classifications

Eye Irrit. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - Skin Sens. 1B - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Respiratory system

Storage Class Code

11 - Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  5. What can be used for solublization of α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid?

    α-Cyano-4-hydroxycinnamic acid (α-CCA, α-CHCA, α-Cyano, 4-HCCA, ACCA) is soluble in methanol (up to 50 mg/ml). It is also soluble at 10 mg/ml using 50% acetonitrile in 0.05% TFA for MALDI-MS. The acetonitrile concentration can be adjusted for individual preferences.For biological applications, it has been solubilized at 100 mM in DMSO or 50 mM in ethanol.

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