Also Known As Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), Glycol Dichloride, Or Dutch Oil
Dichloroethane, also known as ethylene dichloride (EDC), glycol dichloride, or Dutch oil, is a flammable organic compound with a chemical formula of C2H4Cl2. It is an oily hydrocarbon, colorless, with a pleasant chloroform smell and sweet taste; it has only limited solubility in water, dissolves in alcohol, chloroform, ether, acid, and most solvents in general, and has high solvency for fats, greases, and waxes. It is found stable at room temperature but tends to decompose when exposed to air, moisture, and light, creating hydrochloric acid and other corrosive products. 1,2-Dichloroethane is a toxic compound due to its high vapor pressure, especially by inhalation.
EDC is not found naturally in the environment; it is a man-made liquid produced from chlorine, a compound that is obtained by the electrochemical conversion of hydrochloric acid. Ethylene dichloride is chemically manufactured by two commercial methods: direct chlorination and oxychlorination. Due to its chemical properties, large amounts of 1,2-dichloroethane produced today are mainly used to make other chemical products and also utilized as a solvent.
Major uses and applications
Ethylene dichloride is commercially used as a solvent and a raw material in the synthesis of other chemical compounds, particularly vinyl chloride, methyl chloroform, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene, vinylidene chloride, and ethylenediamine.
Other industry uses of ethylene dichloride are in textile cleaning and processing, the manufacture of acrylic-type adhesives, as a product intermediate for polysulfide elastomers, as a constituent of polysulfide rubber cement, in the production of grain fumigants, as a cleaning and extraction solvent, in the manufacture of paints, coatings, and adhesives, for extracting oil from seeds, treating animal fats, processing pharmaceutical products, grain fumigation, as a carrier for amines in leaching copper ores, to obtain color film, as a diluent for pesticides and herbicides, and for other laboratory and miscellaneous purposes. Ethylene dichloride is also utilized as a scavenger for lead in the gasoline industry.
Dichloroethane Offerings at Lab Alley
Lab Alley has Dichloroethane in the following grades and proofs:
Common Uses and Applications
- Raw material
- Grease metal remover
- Cleaning and pesticides agent
- Oil seeds extractor
- Fumigation agent
- Amine carrier in leaching copper ores
- Scavenger for lead in gasoline
- Paint, varnish, and finish remover
- Cloth cleaner
- Oils, fats, waxes, and resins remover
- Laboratory reagent
- Wetting agent
- Vinyl Chloride (a variety of plastics products and automobile and furniture parts)
- Cleaning And Pesticides
- Construction (Cement)
- Paints and Coating
- Adhesives (glue wallpaper or carpeting)