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Other Names:

Ethylene dichloride

Ethane dichloride

General Information:


CAS Number: 107-06-2

Molecular Weight: 98.96 g/mol

Appearance: Colorless liquid

Melting Point: -35 C

Boiling Point: 83 C

Density: 1.256 g/mL at 25 C

1,2-Dichloroethane (DCE) is a generally used as a solvent in organic chemistry. DCE can act as an alkylating agent in the presence of a suitable nucleophile and under the right reaction conditions.

Common Uses:

Solvent for reactions

Procedure excerpt:

To a solution of the SM (crude) in DCE (50 mL) at 0 C was added NaBH(OAc)3 (3.6 g, 17.1 mmol). The reaction mixture was stirred at 0 C for 2 h, after which time . . .

[full procedure]


1,2-Dichloroethane (DCE) is a toxic, carcinogenic, and highly flammable liquid.


1) Patent Reference: WO2016014463, page 64, (6.7 MB)

2) Wikipedia: 1,2-Dichloroethane (link)

3) 1,2-Dichloroethane (link)