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Toluene

Toluene, formerly known as toluol, is a colorless, water-insoluble liquid with the smell associated with paint thinners.

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Uses

  • Inhalant drug for its intoxicating properties;
  • Raw material for toluene di-isocyanate (used in the manufacture of polyurethane foam) and TNT.
  • Important precursor in the production of synthetic drugs.
  • Common solvent, e.g. for paints, paint thinners, silicone sealants, many chemical reactants, rubber, printing ink, adhesives (glues), lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants.
  • Solvent for carbon non-materials, including nano-tubes and fullerenes. It can also be used:-
  • Cement for fine polystyrene kits (by dissolving and then fusing surfaces) can be applied very precisely by brush and contains none of the bulk of an adhesive.
  • To break open red blood cells in order to extract hemoglobin in biochemistry experiments.
  • Coolant for its good heat transfer capabilities in sodium cold traps used in nuclear reactor system loops.
  • In the process of removing the cocaine from coca leaves in the production of Coca-Cola syrup.

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