Product Description

Levulinic acid is a versatile building block with drop-in and potential new uses in many industrial and specialty applications, as well as pharmaceuticals. Produced directly by Origin’s patented technology platform, Origin’s levulinic acid has a carbon-negative footprint and is derived from sustainable wood residues rather than fossil resources.

Product Benefits

  • Carbon-negative footprint validated by Deloitte-authored life cycle assessment: Life Cycle Assessment by Deloitte Consulting

  • Cost-competitive with fossil-based levulinic acid

  • Sustainable, drop-in ready, and chemically identical to fossil-based levulinic acid

  • Expected to provide stable pricing largely de-coupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues

  • Supports many downstream chemistries and products

  • 100% bio-content

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Levulinic Acid

Product Information

  • Chemical Formula: C5H8O3

  • IUPAC Name: 4-Oxopentanoic Acid

  • CAS Number: 123-76-2

  • EINECS (European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances): 204-649-2

  • EPA Substance Registry System: Pentanoic Acid, 4-Oxo-


  • Molecular Weight: 116.11 g/mol

  • Melting Point: 33 to 35 °C (91 to 95 °F; 306 to 308 K)

  • Relative Density: 1.136-1.147 g/cm3

  • Vapor Pressure: 0.0145 Torr at 25 °C (Predicted)

  • Solubility: Soluble in Water, Alcohol, and Oil

  • SMILES String (Simplified Molecular-Input Line-Entry System: Molecular Structure): CC(=O)CCC(=O)O

  • InChI: 1S/C5H8O3/c1-4(6)2-3-5(7)8/h2-3H2,1H3,(H,7,8)

Alternative Product Names

4-Oxopentanoic acid, Laevulinic acid, Pentanoic acid, gamma-Ketovaleric acid, Acetopropionic acid, Levulinsaeure, Laevulic acid, 4-oxo-, beta-Acetylpropionic acid, USAF CZ-1, Propionic acid, 3-acetyl-, FEMA No. 2627, 3-Ketobutane-1-carboxylic acid, UNII-RYX5QG61EI, NSC 3716, Acetylpropionic acid, .gamma.-Ketovaleric acid, MFCD00002796, RYX5QG61EI, .beta.-Acetylpropionic acid, CHEBI:45630, NSC3716, laevulinate, levulate, NSC-3716, 4-ketovalerate, Valeric acid, 4-oxo-(levulinic acid), gamma-ketovalerate, 3-acetylpropionate, Levulinic acid, 98+%, beta-acetylpropionate, DSSTox_CID_1648, 4-Oxopentansaeure, Acidum laevulinicum, DSSTox_RID_76262, DSSTox_GSID_21648, 3-Acetylpropionsaeure, CAS-123-76-2, Pentanoic acid, 4-oxo, EINECS 204-649-2, BRN 0506796, levulinicacid, Laevulinsaeure, levulenic acid, g-Ketovalerate, AI3-03377, b-Acetylpropionate, g-Ketovaleric acid, 4-ketopentanoic acid, b-Acetylpropionic acid, Substrate analogue, 8, Levulinic acid, 98%, PubChem11206, ACMC-1BV76, WLN: QV2V1, SCHEMBL20868, 4-03-00-01560 (Beilstein Handbook Reference),Levulinic acid, >=97%, FG, CC(=O)CCC([O])=O, CHEMBL1235931, DTXSID8021648, BDBM82191, ZINC586584, Levulinic acid, analytical standard, HY-Y0839, Levulinic acid, natural, 99%, FG, Tox21_201483, Tox21_302729, ANW-18159, BBL027404, GEO04255, LMFA01060006, s6207, SBB040561, STK802043, AKOS000119608, DB02239, LS41171, MCULE-1392778065, NCGC00249052-01, NCGC00256314-01, NCGC00259034-01, AK-73018, VS-08535, DB-003710, PENTANOIC ACID,4-OXO MFC5 H8 O3, AM20080171, CS-0015813, FT-0627815, L0042, AZ0001-0126, M-6046, Q903322, SR-01000944838, J-004982, J-521643, SR-01000944838-1, F2191-0253, Z1270312195, 123-76-2, 4-oxo-, 4-Oxovaleric acid, Levulic acid, 3-Acetylpropionic acid, 4-Ketovaleric acid, LEVA, 4-oxo-pentanoic acid, Valeric acid

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