Colorless, aromatic hydrocarbon solvent. Decahydronaphthalene is a very strong solvent that dissolves oils, fats, waxes, resins, and rubber. It has been used as a substitute for turpentine, as a stain remover, and as a cleaning fluid. At one point, Decalin® was used as a varnish remover for oil paintings (Doerner 1934).
Synonyms and Related Terms
Decalin® [DuPont]; decaline; hydroterpene; napthalane; naphthane; DeKalin; Kelalin
Soluble in ethanol, ether. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 138.25|
Hazards and Safety
Moderate fire risk. Flammable (flash point = 58C). Skin and eye irritant.
Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS
° M.Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1934.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2903
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: ref. index=1.474