p-Cymene Information

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Skeletal formula
Ball-and-stick model
Preferred IUPAC name
Other names
p-Cymene (no longer recommended [1])
3D model ( JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.002.542
EC Number 202-796-7
PubChem CID
Molar mass 134.21 g/mol
Appearance Colourless liquid
Density 0.857 g/cm3
Melting point −68 °C (−90 °F; 205 K)
Boiling point 177 °C (351 °F; 450 K)
23.4 mg/L
−1.028×10−4 cm3/mol
R-phrases (outdated) R10
S-phrases (outdated) S16
Flash point 47 °C (117 °F; 320 K)
435 °C (815 °F; 708 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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p-Cymene is a naturally occurring aromatic organic compound. It is classified as an alkylbenzene related to a monoterpene. Its structure consists of a benzene ring para-substituted with a methyl group and an isopropyl group. p-Cymene is insoluble in water, but miscible with organic solvents.

Isomers and production

In addition to p-cymene, two less common geometric isomers are o-cymene, in which the alkyl groups are ortho-substituted, and m-cymene, in which they are meta-substituted. p-Cymene is the only natural isomer, as expected from the terpene rule. All three isomers form the group of cymenes.

Cymene is also produced by alkylation of toluene with propylene. [2]

Related compounds

It is a constituent of a number of essential oils, most commonly the oil of cumin and thyme. Significant amounts are formed in sulfite pulping process from the wood terpenes.

p-Cymene is a common ligand for ruthenium. The parent compound is [(η6-cymene)RuCl2]2. This half-sandwich compound is prepared by the reaction of ruthenium trichloride with the terpene α- phellandrene. The osmium complex is also known. [3]

Hydrogenation gives the saturated derivative p-menthane.


  1. ^ Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry: IUPAC Recommendations and Preferred Names 2013 (Blue Book). Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014. pp. 139, 597. doi: 10.1039/9781849733069-FP001. ISBN  978-0-85404-182-4.
  2. ^ Vora, Bipin V.; Kocal, Joseph A.; Barger, Paul T.; Schmidt, Robert J.; Johnson, James A. (2003). "Alkylation". Kirk‐Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. doi: 10.1002/0471238961.0112112508011313.a01.pub2.
  3. ^ Bennett, M. A.; Huang, T.-N.; Matheson, T. W.; Smith, A. K. (1982). "(η6-Hexamethylbenzene)Ruthenium Complexes". Inorganic Syntheses. 21: 74–78. doi: 10.1002/9780470132524.ch16.