Why Buy Dichloromethane (General Use) Online from UK Chemical Suppliers, ReAgent Chemicals?
ReAgent can supply Dichloromethane for general use in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums, with discounts available for bulk purchases. Our company can also offer other options, applicable to dichloromethane and all our products, including custom packaging and specific pack sizes. Contact us for further information, a quote or free technical advice.
Dichloromethane’s volatility and solubility in a wide range of products make it a popular ingredient in many industrial processes. Common uses include:
Used in the process to decaffeinate coffee and tea
Used in the process to prepare extracts of hops and other flavourings
Aerosol spray propellant
Blowing agent in the manufacture of polyurethane foams
Plastic welding adhesive
Used to test bituminous materials to separate the aggregate from the binder, allowing for further testing of these materials
Dichloromethane can be found in nature, from volcanoes and wetlands, to algae and the ocean. Despite this ubiquitous presence, the vast majority of all dichloromethane is the result of industrial synthesis.
Methods of Synthesis
Dichloromethane can be synthesised by the reaction between chlorine gas and methane or chloromethane at high temperatures. At 500 degree Celsius, methane can be increasingly chlorinated in a series of reactions to produce chloromethane (CH3Cl), Dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) chloroform (CHCl3) and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). Once this process is completed, individual compounds can be separated by distillation.
CH4 Cl2 → CH3Cl HCl
CH3Cl Cl2 → CH2Cl2 HCl
CH2Cl2 Cl2 → CHCl3 HCl
CHCl3 Cl2 → CCl4 HCl
Free Technical Advice
A member of our customer service team will be glad to help you before, during and after your purchase to ensure our product meets your expectations. In addition to dichloromethane for general use, we also offer for laboratory use or in a 4:1 mix with acetic acid, as well as a wide range of other products, including bespoke solutions, speciality chemicals, test kits and pharmaceutical intermediates. All our products come with 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase.
Hazard Statement Code
Causes skin irritation.
Causes serious eye irritation.
May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
Suspected of causing cancer.
Precautionary Statement Code
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.
We supply dichloromethane (CH2Cl2) in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums with discounts available for bulk orders. We also offer further options with all our products, such as bespoke blending and personalised labelling. Simply contact us for more information or free technical advice.
Also known as methylene chloride, dichloromethane is a colourless and volatile solution with a characteristic sweet aroma. Dichloromethane is commonly used as a solvent because, while it may not be miscible with water, it can be mixed with a variety of organic solvents.
Dichloromethane may not be as toxic as more complex chlorohydrocarbons, but its high volatility means it's not without its risks. Safe handling procedures must always be followed. Please refer to our MSDS sheet, which can be downloaded from our website.
Dangers of Dichloromethane
Dichloromethane is a toxic chemical. If ingested, or chronically inhaled, it is quickly metabolised into carbon monoxide. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning and liver failure. Skin contact may also result in chemical burns as dichloromethane can dissolve fatty acids present in the skin. It has also been labelled a potential carcinogen, though there is limited evidence.
In many countries, products containing dichloromethane must carry a warning sign, indicating its dangers and that it can only be used by professionals. In Europe, for example, sale to DIYers was banned in December 2010 and now it can only be used by some professionals under specific conditions, ensuring appropriate ventilation conditions.
40 Years of Expertise
ReAgent is a trusted supplier of dichloromethane. Our presence in the field of chemical manufacturing has spanned over 40 years. During this time, we have developed a reputation for excellent products and first class customer service. We are UK suppliers you can count on - just contact our expert team to see what we can do for your business.
We offer a wide range of products, including bespoke solutions, test kits and speciality chemicals. We can also deliver our products from 1ml ampoules to 1000L containers to suit your needs.
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