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(R)-glycidol is a glycidol. It derives from a (R)-1,2-epoxypropane. It is an enantiomer of a (S)-glycidol.

CAS Number #57044-25-4
Synonyms (R)-(+)-Oxirane-2-methanol
Molecular Formula C3H6O2

Form Liquid
Molecular Weight 74.08
Beilstein Registry Number 79782
EC Number 404-660-4
MDL Number MFCD00074873
Assay 97%
Optical Activity [α]23/D +15°, neat
Purity 98%
Impurities <3% dichloromethane
Refractive Index n20/D 1.43(lit.)
Boiling Point 56-57 °C/11 mmHg(lit.)
Density 1.116 g/mL at 20 °C(lit.)
Storage Temperature −20°C
Flash Point 150.8 °F / 66 °C


(R)-(+)-Glycidol may be used in the following synthesis:

  • heteroarylpropane-2,3-diols, useful for combinatorial oligomer synthesis[2]
  • enantiomerically pure (2S,3S)- and (2S,3R)-threoninol and -hydroxyphenylalaninol
  • 2-amino-1,4-anhydro-pentitol and 3-amino-1,5-anhydro-4-deoxy-hexitol with the arabino configuration
  • (S)-4-tosyloxymethyl-2-oxazolidinone, required for the synthesis of protected amino alcohol derivatives
  • 1-(S)-[3-hydroxy-2-(phosphonomethoxy)propyl]cytosine [(S)-HPMPC][3]
  • chiral building block used to construct an epoxyvinyl iodide intermediate in a synthesis of a furanocembrane, a marine natural product

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