4-Methylbenzaldehyde is a simple aromatic aldehyde. It is commercially available, but may be prepared from the Friedel-Crafts formylation of toluene with carbon monoxide and hydrogen chloride under Gattermann-Koch conditions:. 4-Methylbenzaldehyde has a cherry-like scent similar to benzaldehyde.
Appearance & Physical State
clear to pale yellow liquid
0.25 g/L (25 ºC)
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Keep away from heat, sparks, and flame. Keep away from sources of ignition. Keep container closed when not in use. Store in a tightly closed container. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances.