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Colorless, prism-shaped crystals. Imidazole is an organic buffer used in a formulation for dressing leather. It is also used as a pesticide to control fabric eating insects. Imidazole kills by inhibiting metabolic functions.

Synonyms and Related Terms

glyoxalin; glyoxaline; 1,3-diazole; iminazole; miazole; 1,3-diaza-2,4-cyclopentadiene

Chemical structure


Other Properties

Soluble in water, alcohol, ether, chloroform, pyridine. Slightly soluble in benzene.

Composition C3H4N2
CAS 288-32-4
Melting Point 90-91
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 68.08
Boiling Point 257

Hazards and Safety

Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS

Additional Information

H.van Soest, T.Stambolov, T. Hallebeek "Conservation Of Leather" Studies in Conservation 29:21-31, 1984.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 4948