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Methyl phenylacetate

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n20/D 1.503 (lit.)


218 °C (lit.)


1.066 g/mL at 20 °C (lit.)

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Methyl phenylacetate was used as model compound for partition coefficient measurement experiments.


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Methyl phenylacetate undergoes decomposition on photolysis in methanol. Methyl phenylacetate acts as acylating agent and causes the enantioselective acylation of beta-lactam intermediate using penicillin G amidase. Methyl phenylacetate is the starting material in manufacture of synthetic perfumes.

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Yichen Cao et al.
Journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 93(11), 2768-2779 (2004-09-25)
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Enantioselective acylation of a beta-lactam intermediate in the synthesis of loracarbef using penicillin G amidase.
Zmijewski Jr MJ, et al.
Tetrahedron Letters, 32(13), 1621-1622 (1991)
Photolysis of phenylacetic acid and methyl phenylacetate in methanol.
Meiggs TO and Miller SI.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 94(6), 1989-1996 (1972)
Miriam Frida Karlsson et al.
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 57(13), 5903-5909 (2009-06-06)
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