Synonyms: 2-Methoxy-4-formylphenol;3-Methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde (vanillin);4-Formyl-2-methoxyphenol;4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-benzaldehyd;4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde (vanillin);4-Hydroxy-5-methoxybenzaldehyde;4-hydroxy-m-anisaldehyd;4-Hydroxy-m-anisaldehyde
Appearnace: White or light yellow needle or crystalline powder
Vanillin is one of the important flavors with a dense of sweet cream odor. It is widely used in confectionary, ice cream, beverage, cake, chocolate, bread, biscuit, cigarette, wine and feedstuff well as in cosmetic, and in perfuming of rubber, plastic and other products. It is also used in medicine pharmaceutical, electroplate and other industries and used as chemical reagent.
The largest use of vanillin is as a flavoring, usually in sweet foods. The ice cream and chocolate industries together comprise 75% of the market for vanillin as a flavoring, with smaller amounts being used in confections and baked goods.
Vanillin is also used in the fragrance industry, in perfumes, and to mask unpleasant odors or tastes in medicines, livestock fodder, and cleaning products.
Vanillin has been used as a chemical intermediate in the production of pharmaceuticals and other fine chemicals. In 1970, more than half the world’s vanillin production was used in the synthesis of other chemicals.
Additionally, vanillin can be used as a general purpose stain for developing thin layer chromatography (TLC) plates to aid in visualizing components of a reaction mixture. This stain yields a range of colors for these different components.