Epichlorohydrin Chemical formula
Synonyms: Epiclorhidrina. 1-Chloro-2,3-epoxypropane.
Cyrillic synonym: Эпихлоргидрин.

💊 Chemical information

Chemical formula: C3H5ClO = 92.52.
CAS — 106-89-8.


Epichlorohydrin is a colourless, flammable liquid. Wt per mL about 1.18 g. B.p. 115° to 118°. Store in airtight containers.


The vapour of epichlorohydrin forms explosive mixtures with air. Harmful gases including phosgene are liberated on heating of epichlorohydrin.

💊 Adverse Effects and Precautions

Epichlorohydrin is irritant. It has been shown to be carcinogenic in animals.
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Suitable precautions should be taken to avoid skin contact with epichlorohydrin as it can penetrate skin and produce systemic toxicity.

💊 Uses

Epichlorohydrin is used as an industrial solvent.
Published November 02, 2018.