Benzyl chloride or α-chlorotoluene, is an organic compound with the formula C7H7Cl. The colourless liquid is a reactive organochlorine compound that is an extensively used chemical building block. It has a pungent, distinctive odour and its vapour causes profuse watering of the eyes and nose. It is a highly insoluble compound in water. Benzyl chloride is used as a chemical intermediate in the manufacture of certain dyes and pharmaceutical products, plasticizer, flavorants, and perfumes as well as a photographic developer.

Properties of Benzyl Chloride

  • Molecular formula: C7H7Cl
  • CAS No.: 100-44-7
  • The molecular weight of Benzyl Chloride is 140.57 g/mol.
  • The boiling point of Benzyl Chloride is 197.2 °C (470.3 K)
  • Assay: Not less than 99.0% (By GC)
  • Benzyl Chloride is a colourless liquid with pungent odour

Applications of Benzyl Chloride

  • Plasticizers
  • Surfactants
  • Flavor and Fragrance
  • Sanitizing agent
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Dyes
  • Fuels and additives
  • Paint and coating additives