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3-Methylbutanoic acid

3-Methylbutanoic acid
IUPAC name 3-Methylbutanoic acid
CAS number 503-74-2
Molecular formula C5H10O2
Molar mass 102.13 g/mol
Density 0.925 g/cm³
Melting point

-29 °C

Boiling point

175-177 °C

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

3-Methylbutanoic acid, or more commonly isovaleric acid, is a natural fatty acid found in a wide variety of plants and essential oils. Isovaleric acid is clear colorless liquid that is sparingly soluble in water, but extremely soluble in most common organic solvents.

Isovaleric acid has a strong pungent cheesy or sweaty smell, but its volatile esters have pleasing scents and are used widely in perfumery.

Other synonyms include delphinic acid, 3-methylbutyric acid, and isopentanoic acid.

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