3-Hydroxypropionic acid

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3-Hydroxypropionic acid
3-Hydroxypropionic acid
Chemical name 3-Hydroxypropanoic acid
Other names 3-Hydroxypropionic acid
Hydracrylic acid
Ethylene lactic acid
Chemical formula C3H6O3
Molecular mass 90.08 g/mol
CAS number [503-66-2]
Density ? g/cm3
Melting point <25 °C
Boiling point decomp.
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3-Hydroxypropionic acid is a carboxylic acid. It is an acidic viscous liquid with a pKa of 4.5.[1] It is very soluble in water, soluble in ethanol, and miscible with diethyl ether. Upon distillation, it dehydrates to form acrylic acid.

3-Hydroxypropionic acid is used in the industrial production of various chemicals such as acrylates. It can be produced by certain microbes.[2]

See also


  1. Merck Index, 11th Edition, 4681.
  2. The Biobased Revolution

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