What is toluene

Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of a CH3 group attached to a phenyl ring. Its chemical formula is C7H8. Toluene is a commonly used solvent and diluent in paint, paint thinner, and certain glues, where it is responsible for those substances' characteristic odors. On its own, toluene is a colorless, insoluble liquid. Other names for it include methylbenzene and phenylmethane.

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What is Toluene

Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of a CH3 group attached to a phenyl ring. Its chemical formula is C7H8. Toluene is a commonly used solvent and diluent in paint, paint thinner, and certain glues, where it is responsible for those substances' characteristic odors. On its own, toluene is a colorless, insoluble liquid. Other names for it include methylbenzene and phenylmethane.

  • Synonyms: Methyl Benzene, Phenyl Methane, Toluene, Toluol
  • INCI: Toluene
  • Chemical formula: C7H8
  • CAS #: 108-88-3
  • Hazard: • Highly flammable liquid and vapor
    • May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways
    • Causes skin irritation
    • Causes serious eye irritation
    • May cause respiratory irritation
    • May cause drowsiness or dizziness
    • Suspected of damaging the unborn child
    • Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure

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Product specifications

Characteristics
AppearanceLiquid, clear
OdorCharacteristic organic odor
Solubilitiesinsoluble in water
Boiling point230.94oF (110.52oC)
Freezing point140oF (-95.56oC)
Molecular weight92.14 g/mol
Weight per gallon7.2198 lbs/ gal
ClassAromatic Solvent, Solvent
GradesIndustrial, Technical, NF Grade, Kosher

Uses and Applications for Toluene

Toluene uses include Cleaning Fluids, Diluent, Ink Solvent, Lacquer Thinner, Lacquers, Nail Polish, Nitrocellulose Lacquers, Octane Enhancer, Paint Solvent, Paint Strippers, Perfume, Plastics Solvent, Solvent

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Toluene is an aromatic hydrocarbon consisting of a CH3 group attached to a phenyl ring. Its chemical formula is C7H8. Toluene is a commonly used solvent and diluent in paint, paint thinner, and certain glues, where it is responsible for those substances' characteristic odors.

Brenntag North America sells toluene in various grades and blends for use in multiple industrial applications. We offer urethane-grade toluene, 50-50 toluene/xylene blends, toluene reagents, and more. Working with some of the world's leading chemical suppliers, we are your source for quality products and solutions for virtually any industry.

  • Whether you are looking for something in particular or require assistance choosing the best solvent for your needs, our team will provide the products and expertise you need to meet your goals.
  • With 190 distribution centers throughout North America, we can quickly fulfill your order and provide on-site service as necessary. We pride ourselves on the strength of relationships with our partners, and we'll work with you to help you run a leaner, smarter, and more transparent supply chain.

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