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Diethyl Succinate

By: John Wright
Posted: March 30, 2012, from the April 2012 issue of P&F magazine.

Sometimes even the most interesting raw materials can seem, at first sight, to be rather mundane and uninspiring. For example, at first sight diethyl succinate (FEMA# 2377, CAS# 123-25-1) can seem to be little more than a weak and ineffective alternative to ethyl butyrate and many other low molecular weight aliphatic esters. The character is very mild, predominantly fruity, with hints of leaf green and cooked apples.

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