A strong smelling gas sold commercially as a 25% aqueous solution. Glutaraldehyde polymerizes in water to form a clear viscous liquid. It is used as a biocide which acts by disrupting the cells of Lichen, mold, bacteria, and fungi by alkylating and crosslinking the proteins. Glutaraldehyde is also used as a synthetic tanning agent for leathers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
glutaric dialdehyde; 1,5-pentanedial; glutaral; 1,3-diformylpropane; Cidex; Glutarol; Novaruca; Verucasep; Ucaricide
- Toxic by inhalation and ingestion.
- Skin contact causes irritation.
- Fisher Scientific: MSDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Soluble in water.
|Melting Point||-14 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 100.12|
|Boiling Point||187-189 C (dec)|
Resources and Citations
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 4480
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutaraldehyde (Accessed Mar. 1, 2006)