Dichloromethane is principally used as a solvent in paint removers and as an aerosol propellant. It is used as a blowing and cleaning agent in the production of urethane foam and plastic fabrication and in paint stripping operations. It is used in metal cleaning, as a solvent in the production of polycarbonate resins, in film processing, and in ink formulations. Dichloromethane is used in the food industry as an extraction solvent for spices, caffeine (decaffeinated coffee), and hops. Dichloromethane's use in aerosol products includes paints and automotive spray products.
Substance name: Dichloromethane
CASR number: 75-09-2
Molecular formula: CH2Cl2
Synonyms: Methylene chloride, Methylene dichloride, Methane dichloride, Methylene bichloride, dichloromethane, Aerothene MM
Dichloromethane is an organic solvent that is clear and colourless and has a mild sweet odour. It is a volatile liquid (that is, it evaporates quickly).
Melting Point: -96.7°C
Boiling Point: 39.8°C
Vapour Density: 2.93
Specific Gravity: 1.3255
Dichloromethane is chemically stable. It is slightly soluble in water.
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) holds data for all sources of dichloromethane emissions in Australia.
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