Frequently Asked Questions
What is in toluene?
Toluene is a common ingredient in degreasers. It's a colorless liquid with a sweet smell and taste. It evaporates quickly. Toluene is found naturally in crude oil, and is used in oil refining and the manufacturing of paints, lacquers, explosives (TNT) and glues.
What is toluene also known as?
Toluene (/ˈtɒl. juiːn/), also known as toluol (/ˈtɒl. ju. ɒl, -ɔːl, -oʊl/), is a substituted aromatic hydrocarbon.
What is toluene made from?
Toluene is produced during petroleum refining operations, directly as a by-product of styrene manufacture and indirectly as a by-product of coke-oven operations. It is produced from petroleum as an aromatic mixture with benzene and xylene primarily by catalytic reforming and pyrolytic cracking.
How toxic is toluene?
Breathing toluene vapors in small amounts may cause a mild headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or nausea. With more serious exposure, toluene may cause sleepiness, stumbling, irregular heartbeat, fainting, or even death. Toluene vapor is mildly irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs.
How harmful is toluene?
Exposure to toluene can cause eye and nose irritation, tiredness, confusion, euphoria, dizziness, headache, dilated pupils, tears, anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, nerve damage, inflammation of the skin, and liver and kidney damage. Workers may be harmed from exposure to toluene.
What is toluene used in?
Toluene is found naturally in crude oil, and is used in oil refining and the manufacturing of paints, lacquers, explosives (TNT) and glues. In homes, toluene may be found in paint thinners, paintbrush cleaners, nail polish, glues, inks and stain removers.
What type of solvent is toluene?
lipid soluble organic solvent
Toluene is a common lipid soluble organic solvent used in paints and thinners.
What is toluene like?
Toluene is a clear, colourless liquid with a benzene-like odour. The chemical formula of toluene can be written as C6H5CH3. Toluene is a naturally occurring compound derived primarily from petroleum or petrochemical processes. Toluene is a common component in gasoline, glues, and paint products.
Is toluene found in food?
Toluene is found in the highest concentration within several different plant sources, such as black walnuts, rosemaries, and corianders. Toluene has also been detected, but not quantified, in several different foods, such as prickly pears, citrus, yellow bell peppers, apples, and garden tomato.
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