Diphenylmethane is an organic compound with the formula C13H12. The compound consists of methane wherein two hydrogen atoms are replaced by two phenyl groups. Diphenylmethane is a common skeleton in organic chemistry. The diphenylmethyl group is also known as benzhydryl, and it's prepared by the Friedel–Crafts alkylation of benzyl chloride with benzene in the presence of a Lewis acid such as aluminium chloride.

Properties of Diphenylmethane

  • Molecular formula: C13H12
  • CAS No.: 101-81-5
  • The molecular weight of Diphenylmethane is 168.23 g/mol.
  • The boiling point of Diphenylmethane is 264°C
  • Colorless to pale yellow low melting solid
  • Specific gravity: 1.006 gm/ml at 25°C
  • Assay: Not less than 99.0% (By GC)

Applications of Diphenylmethane

  • Diphenylmethane, is used as an adhesive chemical composition for making flexible laminates for food packaging.
  • Diphenylmethane is used as a fixative and as a fragrance in soaps
  • This is used in insecticides and pesticides to synergize with pyrethrin