CHEBI:41308 - benzophenone

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ChEBI Name benzophenone
Definition The simplest member of the class of benzophenones, being formaldehyde in which both hydrogens are replaced by phenyl groups.
Stars This entity has been manually annotated by the ChEBI Team.
Secondary ChEBI IDs CHEBI:41306, CHEBI:3034
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Formula C13H10O
Net Charge 0
Average Mass 182.21790
Monoisotopic Mass 182.07316
InChI InChI=1S/C13H10O/c14-13(11-7-3-1-4-8-11)12-9-5-2-6-10-12/h1-10H
SMILES O=C(c1ccccc1)c1ccccc1
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Biological Role(s): plant metabolite
Any eukaryotic metabolite produced during a metabolic reaction in plants, the kingdom that include flowering plants, conifers and other gymnosperms.
Application(s): photosensitizing agent
A chemical compound that can be excited by light of a specific wavelength and subsequently transfer energy to a chosen reactant. This is commonly molecular oxygen within a cancer tissue, which is converted to (highly rective) singlet state oxygen. This rapidly reacts with any nearby biomolecules, ultimately killing the cancer cells.
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Outgoing benzophenone (CHEBI:41308) has role photosensitizing agent (CHEBI:47868)
benzophenone (CHEBI:41308) has role plant metabolite (CHEBI:76924)
benzophenone (CHEBI:41308) is a benzophenones (CHEBI:22726)
Incoming demethylsulochrin (CHEBI:48948) has functional parent benzophenone (CHEBI:41308)
fenofibrate (CHEBI:5001) has functional parent benzophenone (CHEBI:41308)
mesotrione (CHEBI:38321) has functional parent benzophenone (CHEBI:41308)
Ro 48-8071 (CHEBI:101064) has functional parent benzophenone (CHEBI:41308)
Synonyms Sources
α-oxodiphenylmethane NIST Chemistry WebBook
α-oxoditane NIST Chemistry WebBook
Benzophenone KEGG COMPOUND
benzophenone UniProt
benzoylbenzene NIST Chemistry WebBook
Diphenyl ketone KEGG COMPOUND
Manual Xrefs Databases
Benzophenone Wikipedia
DB01878 DrugBank
HMDB0032049 HMDB
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Registry Numbers Types Sources
119-61-9 CAS Registry Number ChemIDplus
119-61-9 CAS Registry Number NIST Chemistry WebBook
1238185 Beilstein Registry Number Beilstein
1238185 Reaxys Registry Number Reaxys
4256 Gmelin Registry Number Gmelin
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Last Modified
09 July 2020
General Comment
2011-03-24 Benzophenone is widely used as a building block in organic synthesis, and as a photosensitizer and photo-initiator in UV-curing applications such as inks, imaging, and clear coatings in the printing industry. It also prevents UV light from damaging scents and colors in products such as perfumes and soaps, and can be added to plastic packaging as a UV blocker, so allowing manufacturers to package UV-sensitive products in clear glass or plastic. Substituted benzophenones such as oxybenzone and dioxybenzone are used in some sunscreens.