A colorless, strong smelling solvent whose structure is an aliphatic cyclic hydrocarbon. Cyclohexane is a common solvent that is used in the production of nylon. It dissolves many types of materials such as cellulose ethers, fats, oils, waxes, bitumens, natural resins, and rubber. Cyclohexane is often used in varnish and paint removers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
hexamethylene; hexanaphthene; hexahydrobenzene
- Highly flammable. Flashpoint = -18 C (0 F).
- May cause skin, nose and eye irritation.
- Acute exposure may cause narcosis.
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Physical and Chemical Properties
Miscible in ethanol, acetone, benzene, ether, carbon tetrachloride. Immiscible in water.
|Melting Point||6.5 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt.= 84.16|
|Boiling Point||80.7 C|
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 744
- Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2792
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: ref. index = 1.424