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Methyl pentanoate

Methyl pentanoate[1]
IUPAC name Methyl pentanoate
Other names Methyl valerate
CAS number 624-24-8
Molecular formula C6H12O2
Molar mass 116.16 g/mol
Density 0.89 g/cm3
Melting point

<25 °C

Boiling point

126 °C

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

Infobox disclaimer and references

Methyl pentanoate, or commonly methyl valerate, is an ester with a fruity fragrance. It is marketed under the trade name Validol as a sedative. It is also used in the manufacture of plastics and as an insecticide.

Methyl pentanoate is commonly used in fragrances, beauty care, soap, laundry detergents in levels of 0.1 - 1%. In very pure forms (greater than 99.5%) it is also used as a softener in plastics.

Validol has a moderate vascular dilatative action and sedative properties and is commonly used as a medication in Eastern Europe. Under the trade name Validol, it is used for as a treatment against nausea, mild heart disorders (cardalgia), motion sickness (including seasickness), nervousness and heartaches.

See also

  • Ethyl valerate


  1. ^ MSDS for methyl pentanoate
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