Resorcinol An aromatic alcohol used as a chemical intermediate

Resorcinol (CAS 108-46-3)

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Synonym: 1,3-benzenediol; m-benzenediol; 1,3-dihydroxybenzene
Application: An aromatic alcohol used as a chemical intermediate
CAS Number: 108-46-3
Purity: ≥99%
Molecular Weight: 110.11
Molecular Formula: C6H6O2
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Resorcinol is an aromatic alcohol useful in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and various organic compounds as a chemical intermediate. Resorcinol may be produced in bacteria from other phenolic compounds, and may undergo further conversion to alicyclic products and eventual oxidation to acetyl-CoA. Resorcinol cytotoxicity and cytokine release in human epidermal keratinocytes has been studied. Resorcinol is also used in platicizers and diazo dyes. It can be used in the qualitative determination of ketoses in the Seliwanoff test.


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Physical State :
Solubility :
Soluble in water (1000 mg/ml), DMSO, methanol, alcohol (111 mg/ml), and chloroform (slightly).
Storage :
Store at room temperature
Melting Point :
109-112° C (lit.)
Boiling Point :
178° C (lit.) at 16 mmHg
Density :
1.27 g/cm3 at 20° C
Refractive Index :
n20D 1.61 (Predicted)
IC50 :
Cyclooxygenase-1: IC50 = 3.60 µM (sheep); Tyrosinase: IC50 = 1.44 mM (Agaricus bisporus); Bacillus subtilis: IC50 = 3.83 mM
Ki Data :
CA VB: Ki= 7.10 µM (human); CA XII: Ki= 7.50 µM (human); CA II: Ki= 7.70 µM (human); CA V: Ki= 8.70 µM (human); CA XIV: Ki= 10.7 µM (human)
pK Values :
pKa: 9.45 (Predicted)
For Research Use Only. Not Intended for Diagnostic or Therapeutic Use.
WGK Germany :
PubChem CID :
Merck Index :
14: 8155
MDL Number :
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