Cyanoindole is a white to light yellow or orange coloured crystal powder having a molecular formula C9H6N2 and average chemical weight of 142.16 grams per mol. It is also known as 1H-indole-5-carbonitrile with a hydrogen bond donor count of 1. It can be used as a reactant in the preparation of tryptophan dioxygenase inhibitors and stereoselective preparation of γ-lactones. Cyanoindole is mildly toxic and shows bad effects when swallowed and on prolong exposure which may result in skin and eye irritation.
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