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What is methyl propanoate?

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Methyl propanoate is a liquid represented by the chemical formula C4H8O2. It is a solvent found in paint and paint-related products. It has a fruity odor so is sometimes used to augment the smell or taste of a product.

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Methyl propanoate can be produced through a reaction of propionic acid and methanol or with a combination of methanol, carbon monoxide and ethylene. Methyl propanoate has a molar mass of 88.11 grams per mole and a density of approximately 0.91 grams per milliliter. It reaches its melting point at a temperature of minus 126 degrees Fahrenheit, and its boiling point is 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

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