Allyl alcohol

Allyl alcohol (IUPAC name: prop-2-en-1-ol) is an organic compound with the structural formula CH2=CHCH2OH. Like many alcohols, it is a water-soluble, colourless liquid. It is more toxic than typical small alcohols. Allyl alcohol is used as a raw material for the production of glycerol, but is also used as a precursor to many specialized compounds such as flame-resistant materials, drying oils, and plasticizers.[4] Allyl alcohol is the smallest representative of the allylic alcohols.

Allyl alcohol
Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model
Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
Allyl alcohol
Vinyl carbinol[1]
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.003.156
EC Number
  • 203-470-7
RTECS number
  • BA5075000
UN number 1098
Molar mass 58.080 g·mol−1
Appearance colorless liquid[1]
Odor mustard-like[1]
Density 0.854 g/ml
Melting point −129 °C
Boiling point 97 °C (207 °F; 370 K)
Vapor pressure 17 mmHg[1]
Acidity (pKa) 15.5 (H2O)[2]
-36.70·10−6 cm3/mol
Safety data sheet External MSDS
GHS pictograms GHS02: FlammableGHS06: ToxicGHS07: HarmfulGHS09: Environmental hazard
GHS Signal word Danger
H225, H301, H311, H315, H319, H331, H335, H400
P210, P233, P240, P241, P242, P243, P261, P264, P270, P271, P273, P280, P301+310, P302+352, P303+361+353, P304+340, P305+351+338, P311, P312, P321, P322, P330, P332+313, P337+313, P361
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flammability code 3: Liquids and solids that can be ignited under almost all ambient temperature conditions. Flash point between 23 and 38 °C (73 and 100 °F). E.g. gasolineHealth code 3: Short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury. E.g. chlorine gasReactivity code 1: Normally stable, but can become unstable at elevated temperatures and pressures. E.g. calciumSpecial hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 21 °C (70 °F; 294 K)
378 °C (712 °F; 651 K)
Explosive limits 2.5–18.0%
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
1000 ppm (mammal, 1 hr)
76 ppm (rat, 8 hr)
207 ppm (mouse, 2 hr)
1000 ppm (rabbit, 3.5 hr)
1000 ppm (monkey, 4 hr)
1060 ppm (rat, 1 hr)
165 ppm (rat, 4 hr)
76 ppm (rat, 8 hr)[3]
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
2 ppm[1]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 2 ppm (5 mg/m3) ST 4 ppm (10 mg/m3) [skin] [1]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
20 ppm[1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references


Allyl alcohol can be obtained by many methods. It was first prepared in 1856 by Auguste Cahours and August Hofmann by hydrolysis of allyl iodide.[4] Today allyl alcohol is produced commercially by the Olin and Shell corporations through the hydrolysis of allyl chloride:


Allyl alcohol can also be made by the rearrangement of propylene oxide, a reaction that is catalyzed by potassium alum at high temperature. The advantage of this method relative to the allyl chloride route is that it does not generate salt. Also avoiding chloride-containing intermediates is the "acetoxylation" of propylene to allyl acetate:

CH2=CHCH3 + 1/2 O2 + CH3COOH → CH2=CHCH2OCOCH3 + H2O

Hydrolysis of this acetate gives allyl alcohol. In alternative fashion, propylene can be oxidized to acrolein, which upon hydrogenation gives the alcohol.

Other methodsEdit

In principle, allyl alcohol can be obtained by dehydrogenation of propanol. In the laboratory, it has been prepared by the reaction of glycerol with oxalic or formic acids.[5][6] Allyl alcohols in general can be prepared by allylic oxidation of allyl compounds by selenium dioxide.


Allyl alcohol is converted mainly to glycidol, which is a chemical intermediate in the synthesis of glycerol, glycidyl ethers, esters, and amines. Also, a variety of polymerizable esters are prepared from allyl alcohol, e.g. diallyl phthalate.[4]


Allyl alcohol is more toxic than related alcohols. Its threshold limit value (TLV) is 2 ppm. It is a lachrymator.[4]

It is classified as an extremely hazardous substance in the United States as defined in Section 302 of the U.S. Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (42 U.S.C. 11002), and is subject to strict reporting requirements by facilities which produce, store, or use it in significant quantities.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. "#0017". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  2. ^ Haynes, William M., ed. (2016). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (97th ed.). CRC Press. p. 5–88. ISBN 978-1498754286.
  3. ^ "Allyl alcohol". Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health Concentrations (IDLH). National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  4. ^ a b c d Ludger Krähling, Jürgen Krey, Gerald Jakobson, Johann Grolig, Leopold Miksche (2002). "Allyl Compounds". Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/14356007.a01_425.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Oliver Kamm and C. S. Marvel (1941). "Allyl alcohol". Organic Syntheses.; Collective Volume, 1, p. 42
  6. ^ Cohen, Julius (1900). Practical Organic Chemistry 2nd Ed. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited. p. 96. Practical Organic Chemistry Cohen Julius.
  7. ^ "40 C.F.R.: Appendix A to Part 355—The List of Extremely Hazardous Substances and Their Threshold Planning Quantities" (PDF) (July 1, 2008 ed.). Government Printing Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 25, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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