Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-

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Colorless, sweet-smelling liquid. 1,1,2-trichloroethane is used as a Solvent for fats, oils, waxes, resins, and polymers.

Chemical structure

Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-.jpg

Synonyms and Related Terms

vinyl trichloride; beta-chloroethane; beta-trichloroethane


  • Nonflammable but decomposed with heat to produce toxic fumes.
  • Skin contact causes irritation.
  • Potential carcinogen.
  • Inhalation or ingestion may cause nausea, heart arrhythmia, headaches, liver damage.
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in ethanol, ethers, esters, ketones. Insoluble in water.

Composition CHCl2CH2Cl
CAS 79-00-5
Melting Point -36.4 C
Density 1.4432 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=133.4
Refractive Index 1.4458-1.4711
Boiling Point 113.7 C

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 9767

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