What is Toluene?

06 Mar 2020
What is Toluene?

Toluene, also known as methylbenzene is a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic sweet odor that is widely used in industry as a chemical solvent. Toluene is also an ingredient in several consumer products such as paints, glues, and nail polish removers.

Toluene can be found naturally in crude oil and the tolu tree. Toluene is also produced when making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil and in fuels derived from coal used to make steel.

This chemical solvent is also used in various kinds of production and daily uses such as:

  1. Industrial, Toluene is usually used to produce paints, rubber, glues, and adhesives because as a chemical solvent it functions to help dry, dissolve, and dilute other substances. In addition, it is also used in the production process to make other chemicals such as benzene, nylon, plastics and polyurethanes and in the synthesis of trinitrotoluene (TNT), benzoic acid, benzoyl chloride, and toluene diisocyanate.

  2. A body care product, Toluene is also used as a nail polish remover because of its ability to help dissolve other substances, such as resins and plasticizers.

  3. Transportation, Toluene is produced in the manufacture of gasoline and is also a gasoline additive that can be used to increase the octane rating of fuels used in racing cars and other automobiles. The higher the octane number or rating, the greater the fuel resistance to knocking or pinging during combustion due to its dense nature and contains significant energy per unit volume thereby increasing power generation for vehicles. 

The above is a brief description of toluene and its applications in everyday life. If you need a chemical solvent such as toluene for your products, please visit https://www.indochem.co.id/. PT. Indochemical Citra Kimia is a trusted and qualified chemical distributor in Indonesia. 


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