CAS Number: 108-88-3
Synonyms: phenyl methane, toluol, Methylbenzene
Toluene is a clear, water -insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners. It is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is widely used as an industrial feedstock and as a solvent. Like other solvents, toluene is sometimes also used as an inhalant drug for its intoxicating properties. Toluene is a common solvent, able to dissolve paints, paint thinners, silicone sealants, many chemical reactants, rubber printing ink, adhesives (glues), lacquers, leather tanners, and disinfectants.
It can also be used as a fullerene indicator, and is a raw material for toluene diisocyanate (used in the manufacture of polyurethane foam) and TNT.