Levulinic acid, or 4-oxopentanoic acid, is an organic compound with the formula CH3C(O)CH2CH2CO2H. It is classified as a keto acid. This white crystalline solid is soluble in water and polar organic solvents. It is derived from degradation of cellulose and is a potential precursor to biofuels.
4-Oxopentanoic acid,4-Oxovaleric acid
Pentanoic acid, 4-oxo-
Appearance & Physical State
clear yellowish liquid after melting
Stable at room temperature in closed containers under normal storage and handling conditions. May decompose when exposed to light.
Store in a tightly closed container. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. Store protected from light.