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AROMATICS | TOLUENE

Description
Toluene is a clear water-insoluble solvent with a molecular formula of C7H8.  It has an aromatic, benzene-like smell and is a highly volatile flammable liquid with a flash point of 4° C.  It is obtained from petroleum and coal tar and is predominantly used as a solvent in the manufacturing of other organic chemicals.
Applications
The main chemical use of toluene is to make benzene, xylenes and other solvents.  It can also be used to manufacture chemicals like phenol, nitrobenzene, benzoic acid and benzyl chloride. 
As a solvent, toluene can be used in paints, paint thinners, adhesives, inks, resins, cleaning agents, leather tanners and inks.  It can also be used to manufacture polymers that produce nylon, plastic soda bottles and for pharmaceuticals, dyes and cosmetic products.  Toluene is also used as a coolant in sodium cold traps underneath nuclear reactor loops.  The user end markets of this product are the chemical, paints, adhesive, cleaning, leather, plastics, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

Cas: 108-88-3

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