Canthaxanthin Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Canthaxanthin Properties


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Canthaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment.It was first isolated in edible mushrooms.belong to a larger class of phytochemicals known as terpenoids. It has also been found in green algae, bacteria, crustaceans, and fish.It is used for egg-yolk and broiler pigmentation, as the red component of the yolk colour, and in foods and cosmetics requiring a more orange-red hue.It is also used to reduce sensitivity to sunlight, used to improve the colour, flavour, texture, or storage life of food, used to enhance the colour of trout and salmon.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Violet Crystals
Boiling Point 717 ºC
CAS Number 514-78-3
Chemical Composition beta-Carotene
Density 1.003 g/cm3
EINECS Number 208-187-2
IUPAC Name β,β-Carotene-4,4'-dione
InChI 1S/C40H52O2/c1-29(17-13-19-31(3)21-23-35-33(5)37(41)25-27-39(35,7)8)15-11-12-16-30(2)18-14-20-32(4)22-24-36-34(6)38(42)26-28-40(36,9)10/h11-24H,25-28H2,1-10H3/b12-11+,17-13-,18-14+,23-21-,24-22+,29-15-,30-16+,31-19-,32-20+
Melting Point 217 °C
Molar Mass 564.84 g/mol
Molecular Formula C40H52O2
NFPA 704 H-0, F-1, R-0, C-NA
RTECS Number FI0330000
Synonyms B-Carotene-4,4'-Dione; 4,4'-Diketo-B-Carotene; 4,4'-Dioxo-B-Carotene; C.I. 40850; C.I. Food Orange 8; Canthaxanthin; Canthaxanthine;Carophyll Red; Lucantin Red; Roxanthin Red10; All-Trans-Canthaxanthin uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X