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Toluene


Other Names:

Methylbenzene







General Information:


Structure:



CAS Number: 108-88-3

Molecular Weight: 92.14 g/mol

Appearance: Colorless liquid

Melting Point: -93 C

Boiling Point: 110-111 C

Density: 0.865 g/mL at 25 C


Toluene is a common solvent in organic chemistry. It is closely related to benzene but due to its much lower toxicity it is often used as an alternative to benzene. Xylenes are also similar to toluene and are used for many of the same reactions as toluene.




Common Uses:


Solvent for reactions





Solvent for azeotroping



Procedure excerpt:

…The mixture was concentrated in vacuo. The resulting material was azeotroped with toluene to provide the product…




Safety:


Toluene is a flammable liquid. Toluene is much less carcinogenic than its close relative benzene. Inhalation can cause tired or euphoric effects which is why toluene is sometimes abused recreationally. Inhaling large amounts can cause neurological damage, unconsciousness, and even death.




References:


1) WO2015177325, page 77

2) WO2002016361, page 36

3) Wikipedia: Toluene (link)

4) www.sigmaaldrich.com: Toluene (link)