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Phenylethyl Alcohol

Pharmaceutical Secondary Standard; Certified Reference Material

Synonym: β-PEA, 2-Phenylethanol, 2-Phenylethyl alcohol, Benzyl carbinol, PEA

  • CAS Number 60-12-8

  • Linear Formula C6H5CH2CH2OH

  • Molecular Weight 122.16

  •  Beilstein/REAXYS Number 1905732

  •  EC Number 200-456-2

  •  MDL number MFCD00002886

  •  PubChem Substance ID 329823143

  •  NACRES NA.24



Related Categories Additional Standards, Alcohol, Alcoholic & Nonalcoholic Beverages, Alcohols, All Alphabetically Sorted,
Quality Level   300
grade   certified reference material
  pharmaceutical secondary standard
vapor density   4.21 (vs air)
vapor pressure   1 mmHg ( 58 °C)
form   neat
application(s)   HPLC: suitable
  gas chromatography (GC): suitable
refractive index   n20/D 1.5317 (lit.)
bp   219-221 °C/750 mmHg (lit.)
mp   −27 °C (lit.)
density   1.020 g/mL at 20 °C (lit.)
Featured Industry   Cleaning Products
Flavors and Fragrances
Food and Beverages
Personal Care
Pharmaceutical (small molecule)
format   neat
pharmacopeia traceability   traceable to USP 1533250
SMILES string   OCCc1ccccc1
InChI   1S/C8H10O/c9-7-6-8-4-2-1-3-5-8/h1-5,9H,6-7H2


General description

Phenylethyl alcohol, is a primary aromatic alcohol of high boiling point, having a characteristic rose-like odor. It presents organoleptic properties and impacts the quality of the wine, distilled beverages, and fermented foods. It shows its presence in fresh beer and is responsible for the rose-like odor of well-ripened cheese. It is commercially and industrially an important flavor and is a component of a variety of foodstuffs such as ice cream, gelatin, candy, pudding, chewing gum, and non-alcoholic beverages. It is formed by yeasts during fermentation of alcohols either by decomposition of L-phenylalanine or metabolism of sugar substrates.
Pharmaceutical secondary standards for application in quality control, provide pharma laboratories and manufacturers with a convenient and cost-effective alternative to the preparation of in-house working standards.


Phenylethyl alcohol may be used as a pharmaceutical reference standard in the determination of the analyte in pharmaceutical formulations by spectrophotometric and chromatographic techniques.

These Secondary Standards are qualified as Certified Reference Materials. These are suitable for use in several analytical applications including but not limited to pharma release testing, pharma method development for qualitative and quantitative analyses, food and beverage quality control testing, and other calibration requirements.

Analysis Note

These secondary standards offer multi-traceability to the USP, EP (PhEur) and BP primary standards, where they are available.

Other Notes

This Certified Reference Material (CRM) is produced and certified in accordance with ISO 17034 and ISO/IEC 17025. All information regarding the use of this CRM can be found on the certificate of analysis.


To see an example of a Certificate of Analysis for this material enter LRAC3266 in the slot below. This is an example certificate only and may not be the lot that you receive.

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

GHS07  GHS07
Signal word 
Hazard statements 
Precautionary statements 
NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 


Certificate of Analysis (COA)

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