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Ethyl cinnamate

Ethyl cinnamate
IUPAC name Ethyl 3-phenyl-2-propenoate
CAS number 103-36-6
SMILES O=C(OCC)/C=C/c1ccccc1
Molecular formula C11H12O2
Molar mass 176.21 g/mol
Density 1.046 g/cm3
Melting point

6.5-8 °C

Boiling point

271 °C

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

Ethyl cinnamate is the ester of cinnamic acid and ethanol. It is present in the essential oil of cinnamon; pure ethyl cinnamate has a "fruity and balsamic odor, reminiscent of cinnamon with an amber note" [1].
The p-methoxy substitute is reported to be a monoamine oxidase inhibitor[2].


  1. ^ Budavari, Susan (2001). "Merck Index 13th Ed.". Merck & co., Inc.
  2. ^ Noro T, Miyase T, Kuroyanagi M, Ueno A, Fukushima S. (1983). "Monoamine oxidase inhibitor from the rhizomes of Kaempferia galanga L.". Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 31 (8): 2708–11. PMID 6652816.

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