CAS NO: 2224-33-1
Product Name: Vinylbenzene
Vinylbenzene is an organic compound with the molecular formula C6H5CH=CH2, also known as styrene. It is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet, bitter almond-like odor and a boiling point of 145 °C. It is used as an intermediate in the production of polystyrene, styrene-butadiene rubber, and various resins, dyes and plastics. Vinylbenzene is also used in the manufacture of adhesives, coatings, and inks.
Vinylbenzene is produced by the catalytic dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene under pressure. It is also produced by the addition of ethylene to benzene. The main hazards associated with the use of vinylbenzene are fire and explosion due to its flammability, and inhalation of its vapors may cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat.
Vinylbenzene is toxic when ingested and can cause skin irritation. It is also a suspected carcinogen and mutagen, so appropriate safety precautions should be taken when handling it. Vinylbenzene is also a volatile organic compound (VOC) and its emissions into the air should be minimized. It is also important to ensure that appropriate containment procedures are in place to prevent the release of vinylbenzene into the environment.