Methylene Chloride

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Other Names

Methylene chloride, methylene dichloride, Solmethine, Narkotil, Solaesthin, Di-clo, Refrigerant-30 Freon-30, R-30, DCM, UN 1593, MDC

The formula



Ethanolamine, also called 2-aminoethanol or monoethanolamine (often abbreviated as ETA or MEA), is an organic chemical compound. The molecule is both a primary amine and a primary alcohol (due to a hydroxyl group).

Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical state and Appearance : Liquid.
Molecular Weight : 84.93 g/mole
Boiling Point: 39.75°C (103.5°F)
Melting Point: -96.7°C (-142.1°F)
Specific Gravity: 1.3266 (Water = 1)
Vapor Pressure: 46.5 kPa (@ 20°C)
Vapor Density: 2.93 (Air = 1)
Odor Threshold: 214 ppm
Water/Oil Dist. Coeff: The product is equally soluble in oil and water; log(oil/water) = 0.1
Dispersion Properties: See solubility in water, methanol, diethyl ether, n-octanol, and acetone.
Solubility: Easily soluble in methanol, diethyl ether, n-octanol, acetone. Partially soluble in cold water
Purity, %: 99.95
HCL, mg/kg: ≤ 2
HO, mg/kg: ≤ 50
Coloration: ≤ 10
CHCL, mg/kg: ≤ 10
CHCL, mg/kg: ≤ 40
CCL, mg/kg: ≤ 20
Non-volatile residue, mg/kg: ≤ 10
Chlorine Test: negative
AMYLENE, mg/kg: ≤ 30

Methylene Chloride is widely used in paint and varnish stripper formulations (retail and trade).

It is extensively used in various processes like,

1. Extraction in food and pharmaceutical industries

2. As a solvent in aerosol formulations.

3. Process solvent in cellulose ester production, and Fibre and film forming

4. Adhesive formulations

5. Process solvent in polycarbonate production

6. Plastic processing

7. Extraction of fats and paraffins

8. Metal and textile treatment

9. Secondary blowing agent in flexible polyurethane

10. Foams.

11. Insecticide (USA) for commodity

12. Fumigation of various grains

13. Fruit-ripening agent

14. Refrigerant