2-Methyl-1-butanol (IUPAC name, also called active amyl alcohol) is an organic chemical compound.

It is one of the components of the aroma of Tuber melanosporum, the black truffle.[citation needed]


It is used as a solvent and an intermediate in the manufacture of other chemicals. 2-Methyl-1-butanol is a component of many mixtures of amyl alcohols sold industrially.


2-Methyl-1-butanol can be derived from fusel oil (because it occurs naturally in fruits such as grapes[3]) or manufactured by either the oxo process or via the halogenation of pentane.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Lide, David R. (1998), Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (87 ed.), Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 3–374, 5–42, 6–188, 8–102, 16–22, ISBN 0-8493-0594-2 
  2. ^ a b McKetta, John J.; Cunningham, William Aaron (1977), Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design, 3, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 279–280, ISBN 978-0-8247-2480-1, retrieved 2009-12-14 
  3. ^ Howard, Philip H. (1993), Handbook of Environmental Fate and Exposure Data for Organic Chemicals, 4, Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, pp. 392–396, ISBN 978-0-87371-413-6, retrieved 2009-12-14