Ferulic Acid


2-propenoic acid, 3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-ferulic acid, 3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-2-propenoic acid, 3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)acrylic acid, 3-methoxy-4-hydroxycinnamic acid, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid, (2e)-3-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-2-propenoic acid, ferulate coniferic acid, trans-ferulic acid, (e)-ferulic acid

Technical Data

CAS Number: 1135-24-6
Molecular Formula: C10H10O4
Molecular Weight: 194.184
Beilstein Registry Number: 1570363
EC Number: 208-679-7

FabriChem Specifications

DescriptionLight yellowish crystalline powder
AssayNLT 99.5 % by HPLC
SolutionClear, white
(10% in Ethanol, 40°C)
Loss on DryingNMT 0.25%
(105°C, 3 hours)
Sulfated AshNMT 0.01%
ChlorideNMT 90 ppm
SulfateNMT 100 ppm
Melting Point170 ~ 172 °C
Heavy MetalsNMT 10 ppm
Total Plate CountNMT 1,000 CFU/g
Yeast & MoldNMT 100 CFU/g
E. ColiNegative

Molecular Structure



Many plants contain Ferulic Acid, which plays a key role in a plant’s self-preservation mechanism, re-enforcing its cellular wall strength and protecting itself from microbial damage as well as sun damage. Ferulic Acid exhibits anti-oxidant properties, and is also used for photo protection.

Additionally, Ferulic Acid has been used to stabilize Vitamin C & E formulations. Ferulic Acid has been widely used in cosmetics applications for absorbing UV rays (sunscreen) and as a skin-whitening agent.