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Furfuryl alcohol

natural, ≥95%, FG

Synonym: 2-(Hydroxymethyl)furan

  • CAS Number 98-00-0

  • Empirical Formula (Hill Notation) C5H6O2

  • Molecular Weight 98.10

  •  FEMA Number 2491

  •  Beilstein/REAXYS Number 106291

  •  EC Number 202-626-1

  •  Council of Europe no. 2023

  •  MDL number MFCD00003252

  •  PubChem Substance ID 329830499

  •  Flavis number 13.019

  •  NACRES NA.21



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Quality Level   400
grade   FG
reg. compliance   EU Regulation 1334/2008 & 178/2002
  FDA 21 CFR 117
  FDA 21 CFR 175.105
vapor density   3.4 (vs air)
vapor pressure   0.5 mmHg ( 20 °C)
  1 mmHg ( 32 °C)
  5.5 mmHg ( 55 °C)
assay   ≥95%
autoignition temp.   915 °F
expl. lim.   16.3 %
refractive index   n20/D 1.486 (lit.)
bp   170 °C (lit.)
mp   −29 °C (lit.)
density   1.135 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)
Documentation   see Safety & Documentation for available documents
Organoleptic   bread; brown
food allergen   no known allergens
storage temp.   2-8°C
SMILES string   OCc1ccco1
InChI   1S/C5H6O2/c6-4-5-2-1-3-7-5/h1-3,6H,4H2


General description

Natural Occurrence: Burley tobacco, bread, cocoa, coffee, juniper berry oil, potato chips, roasted barley, whiskey

Furfuryl alcohol is a volatile flavor compound that occurs naturally in popcorn, rice cakes and sweet corn products.


Although this chemical doesn′t usually play a starring role in flavors, it will help to contribute brown, subtly smoky notes to Indonesian-type vanilla flavors, bacon and other smoked meats, lapsang souchong tea, whiskey, grain, coffee and barbecue flavors.


1 kg in poly bottle

10, 25 kg in poly drum

Biochem/physiol Actions

Taste at 20-40ppm

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Signal word 
Target organs 
Nose, Respiratory system
UN 2874 6.1 / PGIII
WGK Germany 
Flash Point(F) 
149.0 °F - closed cup
Flash Point(C) 
65 °C - closed cup
Protocols & Articles


Potential Application for Furfuryl Alcohol

Furfuryl alcohol is not characterizing when used alone, but does find beneficial applications when used in combination with other compounds to add dimension to bread and bread crust flavors, yeast fl...

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