Carbon disulfide

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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.)


  • 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.
  • Airgas: SDS
  • EPA lists carbon dioxide as hazardous waste due to its toxicity and ignitability; concentrations over 10% must be disposed of appropriately

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Soluble in ethanol, benzene, ether, chloroform, oils.
  • Slightly soluble in water.
  • Burns with blue flame.
Composition CS2
CAS 75-15-0
Melting Point -111.6 C
Density 1.2632 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol.wt. = 76.1
Refractive Index 1.628
Boiling Point 46.3-46.5 C

Resources and Citations

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