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A colorless, low-viscosity Solvent used for rubber and synthetic resins. It is also used as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes.

Chemical structure


Synonyms and Related Terms

monochlorotoluene; alpha-chlorotoluene; benzyl chloride; chlorophenylmethane; chloromethylbenzene


  • Highly toxic by inhalation.
  • Strong irritation.
  • May be absorbed through the skin.
  • Combustible. Flash point = 67C
  • Burning produces toxic fumes.
  • Sigma-Aldrich: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible in ethanol, acetone, ether, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and heptane. Slightly soluble in water.

Composition CH3C6H4Cl
CAS 100-44-7
Melting Point -43 C
Density 1.0776 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt. = 126.6
Boiling Point 179 C

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 819
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979

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