Molecular Formula: C9H10O3
Molecular Weight: 166.17
Veratraldehyde is an organic compound that is widely used as a flavorant and odorant. The compound is structurally related to benzaldehyde.
This compound is popular commercially because of its pleasant woody fragrance. It is derivative of vanillin, from which it is prepared by methylation.
Veratraldehyde was used in the preparation of 4-chloromethyl-2-(dimethoxyphenyl)-1,3-dioxolane. It was used in the synthesis of (+)-lithospermic acid, having anti-HIV activity. It forms 1:1 inclusion complexes with cyclodextrins. It reacts with 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethythiophene to yield chalcone dye, (2E)-3-(3,4-Dimethoxyphenyl)-1-(2,5-dimethylthiophen-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one.