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|Molar mass||71.12 g mol−1|
|Appearance||Clear colorless liquid|
|Melting point||−63 °C (−81 °F; 210 K)|
|Boiling point||87 °C (189 °F; 360 K)|
|Solubility in water||Miscible|
11.27 (pKa of conjugate acid in water),
19.56 (pKa of conjugate acid in acetonitrile)
|Main hazards||highly flammable, harmful, corrosive, possible mutagen|
|Flash point||3 °C (37 °F; 276 K)|
|Related Nitrogen heterocyclic compounds||
Pyrrole (aromatic with two double bonds)
Pyrroline (one double bond)
Pyrrolizidine (two pentagonal rings)
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
Pyrrolidine, also known as tetrahydropyrrole, is an  Compared to acyclic secondary amines, it is about 10 times more basic.
Synthesis and occurrence
Pyrrolidine is produced industrially by treatment of 1,4-butanediol with ammonia over an oxide catalyst.
Pyrrolidine is found in the leaves of tobacco and carrot. The pyrrolidine ring structure is present in numerous natural alkaloids such as nicotine and hygrine. It is found in many pharmaceutical drugs such as procyclidine and bepridil. It also forms the basis for the racetam compounds (e.g. piracetam, aniracetam). The amino acids proline and hydroxyproline are, in a structural sense, derivatives of pyrrolidine.
Pyrrolidine is used as a building block in the synthesis of more complex compounds. In organic chemistry, pyrrolidine is used to activate ketones and aldehydes toward nucleophilic addition by formation of enamines:
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