A clear yellowish liquid with an irritating odor that can act as a lachrymator. Phenyl isothiocyanate (PITC) is added to Vikane® fumigant as a warning agent. It is also used in tear gas and mace.
Synonyms and Related Terms
PITC; thiocarbanil; phenylisothiocyanate; isothiocyanic acid phenyl ester; isothiocyanatobenzene; phenyl mustard oil
Insoluble in water. Soluble in alcohol, ether.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 135.18|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by inhalation and ingestion. Strongly irritating to tissue.
Decomposes with heat or steam to produce cyanide and sulfur oxide fumes.
Mallinckrodt Baker: MSDS
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- The Merck Index, Susan Budavari (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Whitehouse Station, NJ, 12th Edition, 1996 Comment: entry 7148
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lachrymator (Accessed Mar. 1, 2006)