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|style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" | Properties|
|Molar mass||147 g mol−1|
|Density||1.25 g/cm³, solid|
53.5 °C, 327 K, 128 °F
174 °C, 447 K, 345 °F
|Solubility in water||10.5 mg/100 mL (20 °C)|
|style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" | Hazards|
|EU classification|| Harmful Xn|
Dangerous for the Environment (Nature) N
Carc. Cat. 3
|Flash point||66 °C|
|style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" | Related compounds|
|Related compounds|| 1,2-Dichlorobenzene|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
1,4-Dichlorobenzene (para-dichlorobenzene, p-DCB, PDB) is an organic compound with the formula C6H4Cl2. This colourless solid has a strong odour. It consists of two chlorine atoms substituted at opposing sites on a benzene ring. p-DCB is used a pesticide and a deodorant, most familiarly in mothballs in which it is a replacement for the more traditional naphthalene. p-DCB is also used as a precursor in the production of the polymer poly(p-phenylene sulfide).
- C6H6 + 2 Cl2 → C6H4Cl2 + 2 HCl
The chief impurity is the 1,2 isomer. The compound can be purified by fractional crystallisation, taking advantage of its relatively high melting point of 53.5 °C; the isomeric dichlorobenzenes and chlorobenzene melt well below room temperature.
Disinfectant, deodorant, and pesticide
p-DCB is used to control moths, moulds, and mildew. It finds use as a disinfectant in waste containers and restrooms and is the characteristic smell associated with urinal cakes. Its usefulness in these arises from p-DCB's low solubility in water and its relatively high volatility: it sublimes readily near room temperature.
Precursor to other chemicals
- C6H4Cl2 + Na2S → 1/n [C6H4S]n + 2 NaCl
p-DCB is poorly soluble in water and is not easily broken down by soil organisms. Like many hydrocarbons, p-DCB is lipophilic and will accumulate in the fatty tissues.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have determined that p-DCB may reasonably be anticipated to be a carcinogen, although there is no direct evidence. Animals given very high levels in water developed liver and kidney tumors. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a target maximum contaminant level of 75 micrograms of p-DCB per liter of drinking water (75 μg/L). p-DCB is also an EPA-registered pesticide. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set a maximum level of 75 parts of p-DCB per million parts air in the workplace (75 ppm) for an 8-hour day, 40-hour workweek.
Little information is available on how children react to p-DCB exposure; however, consumption of p-DCB can cause vomiting in adults.
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- International Chemical Safety Card 0037
- Mothball sniffing warning issued, BBC News, 27 July 2006fr:1,4-dichlorobenzène
- "National Pesticide Information Center - Mothballs Case Profile" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- Manfred Rossberg, Wilhelm Lendle, Gerhard Pfleiderer, Adolf Tögel, Eberhard-Ludwig Dreher, Ernst Langer, Heinz Rassaerts, Peter Kleinschmidt, Heinz Strack, Richard Cook, Uwe Beck, Karl-August Lipper, Theodore R. Torkelson, Eckhard Löser, Klaus K. Beutel, “Chlorinated Hydrocarbons” in Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2006 John Wiley-VCH: Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a06 233.pub2
- Group 2B: Possibly carcinogenic to humans, International Agency for Research on Cancer
- "Consumer Factsheet on: PARA-DICHLOROBENZENE (p-DCB)". November 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Para-dichlorobenzene" (PDF). December 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- Woman Sickened by Chemical-Tainted Cup Noodle, Japan Today
- Proposition 65, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment