Chemical formula: C6H6O

CAS number: 108-95-2

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Phenol (PHE)

Product trade name: phenol

Chemical name of the compound: phenol

Synonyms: Hydroxybenzene, Carbolic acid, carbolic, benzenol, phenylic acid, phenic acid

Chemical and physical properties: it is a white crystalline solid that is volatile. The molecule consists of a phenyl group (−C6H5) bonded to a hydroxy group (−OH). Mildly acidic, it requires careful handling because it can cause chemical burns.

Use of the raw material: Phenol and its chemical derivatives are essential for production of polycarbonates, epoxies, Bakelite, nylon, detergents, herbicides such as phenoxy herbicides, and numerous pharmaceutical drugs. Phenol is so inexpensive that it attracts many small-scale uses. It is a component of industrial paint strippers used in the aviation industry for the removal of epoxy, polyurethane and other chemically resistant coatings

Health safety: Phenol and its vapors are corrosive to the eyes, the skin, and the respiratory tract.

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