A clear, colorless, liquid. Benzyl alcohol is used as a solvent for dyes, gelatin, casein, cellulose acetate, waxes, and shellac. It is also used for mounting microscope slides and as a reagent in the developing baths for color movie films. In conservation, benzyl alcohol has been added to gelled soaps as a wetting agent.
Synonyms and Related Terms
alpha-hydroxytoluene; benzoyl alcohol; phenyl methanol; phenyl carbinol; benzenemethanol
Miscible with ethanol, ether, chloroform. Slightly soluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 108.1|
Hazards and Safety
Combustible. Skin contact causes irritation.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 97
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
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- Teri Hensick, contributed information, 1998