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A colorless liquid sold commercially under the name Tetralin®. Tetrahydronaphthalene is a strong solvent that dissolves waxes, natural resins, Rubber, gums, oils, metallic soaps, greases, cellulose ethers, Asphalt, Linoxyn, and printing inks. It is used in paint and varnish removers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Tetralin® [DuPont]

Chemical structure



  • Combustible.
  • Irritating to eyes and skin. Narcotic in high concentrations.
  • Discolors with age.
  • ThermoFisher: SDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible with most solvents. Insoluble in water.

Composition C10H12
CAS 119-64-2
Melting Point -31 C
Density 0.966-0.981 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=132.21
Refractive Index 1.540-1.547
Boiling Point 205-207 C

Resources and Citations

  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • M. Doerner, The Materials of the Artist, Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1934
  • 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 9360