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Beta Carotene

7235-40-7

C40H56

536.87

β,β-Carotene, β-Carotene, Provitamin A

N/A

Beta Carotene
ProductSpecifications
β-CarotenN/A

Beta Carotene Properties

Melting point:
176-184 °C (dec.)
Density 
1.000
Flash point:
103 °C
storage temp. 
−20°C
solubility 
hexane: 100 μg/mL, soluble
form 
powder
color 
red to purple
Water Solubility 
Soluble in hexane, dimethyl sulfoxide, benzene, chloroform, cyclohexane. Insoluble in water.
Sensitive 
Air & Light Sensitive
Merck 
14,1853
Stability:
Stable, but sensitive to air, heat and light. Store at -20C under nitrogen. Pyrophoric - may ignite spontaneously in air at room temperature.

Chemical Properties

solid

Uses

antioxidant; provitamin A

Uses

Most important of the provitamins A. Widely distributed in the plant and animal kingdom. In plants it occurs almost always together with chlorophyll. Vitamin A precursor. Ultraviolet screen

Definition

ChEBI: A cyclic carotene obtained by dimerisation of all-trans-retinol. A strongly-coloured red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruit and the most active and important provitamin A carotenoid.

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