Benzoic Acid


What is Benzoic Acid?

Benzoic acid is an organic compound that occurs naturally in many plants. It serves as an intermediate in the biosynthesis of many secondary metabolites.

Benzoic Acid Structure

Benzoic acid is a white (or colorless) solid with the formula C6H5CO2H. It is the simplest aromatic carboxylic acid.


benzoic acid structure

Benzoic Acid Uses

Benzoic acid is used in many products including cosmetics, foods, and beverages. The salts of benzoic acid, such as Ammonium Benzoate, are often used as food preservatives.

Benzoic acid is also important for many different industrial applications.

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