Benzyl Cyanide

Benzyl Cyanide is an organic compound that is toxic, colorless to light yellow, oily, and aromatic. It is formed by the reaction of benzyl chloride with sodium cyanide. The main usage of benzyl cyanide is as a precursor to numerous compounds, both useful and even dangerous in organic chemistry. The application of benzyl is in the production of chemicals including phenobarbital, methylphenidate, and amphetamine. Methadone, pethidine, and ketobemidone are made from this compound if further substituted.

Properties of Benzyl Cyanide

  • Molecular formula: C8H7N
  • CAS No.: 140-29-4
  • The molecular weight of Benzyl Cyanide is 117.15 g/mol.
  • The boiling point of Benzyl Cyanide is 233 to 234 °C or 506 to 507 K
  • Specific gravity: 1.015 gm/ml at 25°C
  • Assay: Not less than 99.0% (By GC)
  • The characteristic of this compound is colorless, toxic content, and oily form
  • Benzyl cyanide is considered the aromatic liquid chemical compound type.

Applications of Benzyl Cyanide

  • Benzyl cyanide is used in the organic synthesis of dyes, fragrances, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, such as penicillin precursors.
  • In the production of analgesics, including ethoheptazine, ketobemidone, pethidine, and phenoperidine
  • In production of Antiarrhythmics like disopyramide and others
  • In the Antidepressants production
  • In production of Antihistamines, such as levocabastine and chlorphenamine
  • Used in the production of antimalarial medications, like pyrimethamine
  • For Diuretics, like triamterene
  • For Hypnotic cure like alonimid and phenobarbital
  • As a chemical intermediate for pharmaceutical drugs
  • With esters for perfumes and flavors
  • In the synthesis of optical bleaches for fibers
  • In the production of insecticides