4-Chloronitrobenzene Chemical Properties
- Melting point:
- 80-83 °C(lit.)
- Boiling point:
- 242 °C(lit.)
- 1.298 g/mL at 25 °C(lit.)
- vapor density
- 5.4 (vs air)
- vapor pressure
- 0.09 mm Hg ( 25 °C)
- refractive index
- 1.5376 (estimate)
- Flash point:
- >230 °F
- Soluble in acetone and alcohol (Weast, 1986)
- Crystals or Flakes
- Water Solubility
- Henry's Law Constant
- 4.90 x 10-6 atm?m3/mol at 25 °C (thermodynamic method-GC/UV spectrophotometry, Altschuh et al., 1999)
- Exposure limits
- Potential occupational carcinogen. NIOSH REL: IDLH 100; OSHA PEL: TWA 1.
- Stable. Combustible. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents, hydroxides. Reacts violently with sodium methoxide in methanol.
- CAS DataBase Reference
- 100-00-5(CAS DataBase Reference)
- 2B (Vol. 65, 123) 2020
- NIST Chemistry Reference
- Benzene, 1-chloro-4-nitro-(100-00-5)
- EPA Substance Registry System
- p-Chloronitrobenzene (100-00-5)
- Hazard Codes
- Risk Statements
- Safety Statements
- UN 1578 6.1/PG 2
- WGK Germany
- Autoignition Temperature
- 500 °F
- Hazard Note
- Very Toxic
- HS Code
- Hazardous Substances Data
- 100-00-5(Hazardous Substances Data)
- LD50 (skin) for rats 16 gm/kg (quoted, RTECS, 1985).
4-Chloronitrobenzene Usage And Synthesis
light yellow crystals
p-Chloronitrobenzene is extensively used in different industries as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes, rubber, and agricultural chemicals. It is incompatible with strong oxidizers and alkalis
p-Nitrochlorobenzene is a yellow crystalline solid with a sweet odor.
In dye chemistry.
p-Nitrochlorobenzene is largely used to produce p-nitrophenol with smaller production of p-nitroaniline.
The annual production of p-CNB in the United States in 1993
was 35,000 metric tons and on the order of 50,000–70,000
metric tons in Germany. It is used as an intermediate in
the manufacture of dyes, rubber, and agricultural chemicals.
Human exposure may occur to dyestuff workers but the extent is uncertain because of its use as a chemical intermediate. p-Chloronitrobenzene has been detected in the surface water of the Rhine River at a concentration range of 0.1–6.38 mg/L.
p-Nitrochlorobenzene is made by the nitration of chlorobenzene.
The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 52, p. 2407, 1987 DOI: 10.1021/jo00388a014
Tetrahedron Letters, 19, p. 4519, 1978
Light yellow crystalline solid. Density 1.520 g / cm3. Melting point 83°C. Sweet odor. Very toxic by inhalation, ingestion, and skin absorption. p-Chloronitrobenzene is extensively used in different industries as an intermediate in the manufacture of dyes, rubber, and agricultural chemicals. It is incompatible with strong oxidisers and alkalis.
Air & Water Reactions
Insoluble in water.
4-Chloronitrobenzene reacts with oxidizing agents. Reacts violently and finally explosively when added to a solution of sodium methoxide in methanol. . Unstable when heated.
A questionable carcinogen. Very toxic by inhalation and ingestion. Absorbed via skin. Combustible. Methemoglobinemia.
Repeated exposure to high levels of p-chloronitrobenzene causes adverse health effects. The symptoms of toxicity include, but are not limited to, anoxia, unpleasant taste, anemia, methemoglobinemia, hematuria (blood in the urine), spleen, kidney, bone marrow changes, and reproductive effects. The target organs of p-chloronitrobenzene poisoning have been identifi ed as the blood, liver, kidneys, cardiovascular system, spleen, bone marrow, and reproductive system.
4-Chloronitrobenzene is combustible.
Confirmed carcinogen with experimental carcinogenic data. A poison by ingestion. Experimental reproductive effects. Mutation data reported. Flammable liquid when exposed to heat, sparks, or flame. May explode on heating. Potentially violent reaction with sodium methoxide. When heated to decomDosition it emits very toxic fumes of NOx and Cl-. See also other chloronitrobenzene entries and NITRO COMPOUNDS OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS.
p-Nitrochlorobenzene (PNCB) is used as an intermediate in pesticide (parathion) manufacture, drug (phenacetin and acetaminophen) manufacture; and in dye making; rubber and antioxidant manufacture.
Biological. Under aerobic conditions, the yeast Rhodosporidium sp. metabolized pchloronitrobenzene
to 4-chloroacetanilide and 4-chloro-2-hydroxyacetanilide as final major
metabolites. Intermediate compounds identified include 4-chloronitrosobenzene, 4-chlorophenylhydroxylamine,
and 4-chloroaniline (Corbett and Corbett, 1981).
Under continuous flow conditions involving feeding, aeration, settling, and reflux, a mixture of p-chloronitrobenzene and 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene was reduced 61–70% after 8–13 d by Arthrobacter simplex, a microorganism isolated from industrial waste. A similar experiment was conducted using two aeration columns. One column contained A. simplex, the other a mixture of A. simplex and microorganisms isolated from soil (Streptomyces coelicolor, Fusarium sp., probably aquaeductum and Trichoderma viride). After 10 d, 89.5–91% of the nitro compounds was reduced. p-Chloronitrobenzene was reduced to 4-chloroaniline and six unidentified compounds (Bielaszczyk et al., 1967).
Photolytic. An aqueous solution containing p-chloronitrobenzene and a titanium dioxide (catalyst) suspension was irradiated with UV light (λ >290 nm). 2-Chloro-5-nitrophenol was the only compound identified as a minor degradation product. Continued irradiation caused additional degradation yielding carbon dioxide, water, hydrochloric and nitric acids (Hustert et al., 1987).
Irradiation of p-chloronitrobenzene in air and nitrogen produced 4-chloro-2-nitrophenol and 4- chlorophenol, respectively (Kanno and Nojima, 1979).
Chemical. Although no products were identified, p-chloronitrobenzene (1.5 x 10-5 M) was reduced by iron metal (33.3 g/L acid washed 18–20 mesh) in a carbonate buffer (1.5 x 10-2 M) at pH 5.9 and 15 °C. Based on the pseudo-first-order disappearance rate of 0.0336/min, the half-life was 20.6 min (Agrawal and Tratnyek, 1996).
UN1578 Chloronitrobenzenes, solid or liquid, Hazard Class: 6.1; Labels: 6.1-Poisonous materials.
Crystallise the nitrobenzene from 95% EtOH (charcoal) and sublime it in vacuo. [Emmons JAm Chem Soc 76 3470 1954, Newman & Forrest J Am Chem Soc 69 1221 1947, Beilstein 5 IV 723.]
A strong oxidizer. Reacts violently with oxidizers, combustibles, alkalis, sodium methoxide; and reducing materials.
Incineration (816℃, 0.5 second for primary combustion; 1204℃, 1.0 second for secondary combustion). The formation of elemental chlorine can be prevented through injection of steam or methane into the combustion process. nitrogen oxides may be abated through the use of thermal or catalytic devices.
4-Chloronitrobenzene Preparation Products And Raw materials
- 2-CHLORO-5-NITROBENZENESULFONIC ACID
- 4-Nitrobenzenesulfonyl chloride
- p-Nitrobenzoic acid
- Chlorpheniramine maleate