Ethylene dichloride

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A colorless, oily liquid that smells like chloroform. Ethylene dichloride was first isolated in 1795 by Dutch chemists. It has been used as a solvent for fats, oils, waxes, gums, resins, plastics, and rubber. The solvent is also used in the production of vinyl chloride and vinylidene chloride. Ethylene dichloride is also mixed with carbon tetrachloride for use as the fumigants Dowfume 75, and Dowfume G.

Synonyms and Related Terms

ethylene chloride; 1,2-dichloroethane; ethane dichloride; EDC; Dutch liquid; Dutch oil; Brocide

Chemical structure

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Other Properties

Miscible in most organic solvents. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition ClCH2CH2CL
CAS 107-06-2
Melting Point -40
Density 1.2569
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 98.96
Boiling Point 83-84

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption. Irritant to eyes and skin.

Human carcinogen.

Flammable. Flash point = 13 C (55 F). It may decompose with heat to produce toxic fumes including hydrogen chloride and phosgene (ICSC # 0007). May corrode metals in the presence of moisture.

LINK: International Chemical Safety Card

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