Dichloroacetic Acid Formula

Dichloroacetic acid is an organochlorine compound which is abbreviated as DCA. it is an analogue of acetic acid as 2 out of 3 hydrogen atoms of the methyl group is replaced by the chlorine atoms. It is also known as bichloracetic acid, dichloracetic acid, dichloroacetate. The property value of hydrogen bond donor and hydrogen bond acceptor are 1 and 2 respectively and the rotatable bond count is 1.

Following is the table of formulas of dichloroacetic acid:

Molecular formula C2H2Cl2O2
Linear formula CHCl2COOH
The Simplified molecular-input line-entry system (SMILES) C(C(=O)O)(Cl)Cl

Structure Of Dichloroacetic Acid

Dichloroacetic Acid Formula

Property Of Dichloroacetic Acid

IUPAC name 2,2-dichloroacetic acid
Molecular formula C2H2Cl2O2
Molecular mass 128.94 g/mol
Melting point 9 to 11
Boiling point 194
Density 1.563 g/cm3
Solubility Miscible in water, ethanol and diethyl ether
Appearance Colourless liquid

Applications Of Dichloroacetic Acid

  • Heart failure: DCA can be used as a treatment post-ischemic recovery.
  • Cancer: With the use of DCA, it is observed that there is a slow growth of certain tumours in animals and vitro studies.
  • DCA can also be used in inhibition of bacterial protein synthesis by binding ribosomal receptor sites.

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