Toluene is a clear water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners, reminiscent of the related compound benzene. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial feedstock and as a solvent. Like other solvents, toluene is also used as an inhalant drug for its intoxicating properties; however this causes severe neurological harm.


Molar Weight92.14 g/mol
Melting Point-95.0°C
Boiling Point110.6°C
Flash Point3.9°C
Density0.865 g/cc
FormsFlammable, Liquid (clear)

Uses and Applications

Key applications

  • Disinfectant
  • Ink, toner and colourant
  • Lacquers
  • Leather processing
  • Adhesives and Sealants
  • Personal care
  • Paint and Coatings
  • Rubber


  • Oil & Gas
  • Cleaning
  • Coatings & Construction
  • Polymers
  • Food
  • Lubricants
  • Chemical Processing
  • Rubber

Synonyms: Methyl Benzene, Phenyl Methane, Toluene, Toluol, Benzene, methyl-, Phenylmethane, methylbenzol, methacide

Chemical Formula: C7H8

CAS Number: 108-88-3