Methylene Chloride - Polar Solvent For The Pharmaceutical And Chemical Industry
About Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) Solvent
Dichloromethane is one of four chlorocarbons that are produced by chlorinating methane. The others that result during this process are chloromethane, trichloromethane (chloroform) and tetrachloromethane (carbon tetrachloride). It naturally occurs in oceans, volcanoes, wetlands, and macroalgae, but mainly appears as the result of industrial processes.
Dichloromethane is the least toxic of the carbons produced during this process, but it still poses a health risk as it is a highly volatile liquid and can be a lethal substance, all safety, SDS, and specs should be followed when using this product. The volatility is one of its key properties allowing it to be easily removed as a solvent. The chemical has no definite flash point, though it forms flammable vapor-air mixtures. It is fully miscible with carbon tetrachloride, ethyl acetate, chloroform, benzene, diethyl either and hexanes.
The major use of dichloromethane is as a solvent in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry for chemical reactions, purification and isolation of intermediates or products. It is also used as an extraction solvent in the food industry, in metal cleaning, in paint and varnish removers, and in aerosols including hairsprays. It is also used in paints, sealants and adhesives, as a laboratory chemical, as a heat transfer fluid and for removal of photo-resistant coatings in the production of printed circuit boards.
Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) Solvent Offerings at Lab Alley
Lab Alley has Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) in the following grades and proofs:
- Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) Lab Grade
- Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) 99.5% ACS Reagent Grade
- Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride) 99% HPLC Grade
Industries that use Dichloromethane (Methylene Chloride):
Common Uses and Applications
- Solvent and solvent-extractions
- Commercial paint strippers and degreasers