A clear, colorless liquid with a strong, disagreeable odor. Carbon disulfide was discovered in 1796. It was once used as a fumigant for houses, wood objects, and books. However, it is no longer recommended because it can soften paints, varnishes, plastics, and rubbers as well as tarnish metals. It is also highly toxic to humans.
Synonyms and Related Terms
carbon sulfide; carbon bisulfide; carbon sulphide (Br.); carbon disulphide (Br.); carbon bisulphide (Br.)
Soluble in ethanol, benzene, ether, chloroform, oils.
Slightly soluble in water.
Burns with blue flame.
|Molecular Weight||mol.wt. = 76.1|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by inhalation, ingestion and skin absorption.
Flammable. Dangerous fire and explosion risk. Flash point = -30C (-22F)
Can be stored in iron, aluminum, glass, porcelain, Teflon.
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