-Cinnamoyl--phenylalanine methyl ester
As part of an ongoing investigation into the development of N-substituted amino acids as building blocks for dynamic combinatorial chemistry, we report the structure of the title compound, C19H19NO3. This compound crystallizes as discrete molecules. The cinnamoyl group is non-planar, with the phenyl ring and the amide twisted out of the ethylene plane. The benzyl and ester groups lie above and below the amide plane. The molecules stack along the crystallographic c axis, connecting through C(4) chains of N—H⋯O hydrogen bonds, with the extended structure stabilized by C—H⋯O interactions and π–π interactions [centroid-to-centroid distances 3.547 (8) and 3.536 (8) Å].