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1,1,2-Trichloroethane is a chlorinated hydrocarbon that is commonly used as an industrial solvent. It is a colorless, sweet-smelling liquid that does not dissolve in water easily but is soluble in most organic solvents.


Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

1,1,2-Trichloroethane has the chemical formula C2H3Cl3 and is a non-polar molecule. It has a molecular weight of 133.4 g/mol. It has a boiling point of 114°C and a melting point of -35°C. It is stable under normal temperatures and pressures.

Uses[edit | edit source]

1,1,2-Trichloroethane is primarily used as a solvent for a variety of substances. It is also used in the production of vinyl chloride, which is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC). In addition, it is used as a refrigerant, a degreaser, and a dry cleaning agent.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1,1,2-Trichloroethane can have several adverse health effects. Inhalation can cause dizziness, nausea, and unconsciousness. Long-term exposure can lead to liver and kidney damage. It is also a suspected human carcinogen.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

1,1,2-Trichloroethane is a persistent organic pollutant. It does not easily degrade in the environment and can contaminate groundwater. It is also a potent greenhouse gas.

Regulation[edit | edit source]

Due to its health and environmental impacts, the use of 1,1,2-Trichloroethane is regulated in many countries. In the United States, it is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.


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