A colorless, flammable gas obtained from petroleum, acetylene or from ethanol. Butadiene polymerizes readily in the presence of oxygen to form a rubbery polymer. It was first polymerized in Russia by Sergei Lebedev in 1910. By the 1930s, many countries developed butadiene production capabilities as a replacement for natural rubber. Currently, butadiene is primarily used as a starting material for synthetic elastomers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
1,3-butadiene; bivinyl; divinyl B; erythrene; vinyl ethylene; biethylene; pyrrollylene; methylallene; Butadien (Deut.); butadieen (Ned.)
Soluble in alcohols, ether, petroleum solvents, carbon tetrachloride. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 54.1|
Hazards and Safety
Contact can cause frostbite and irritation to membranes. Inhalation is toxic. Suspected human carcinogen. Highly flammable and explosive. Flash point = -85 C
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