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1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene is a hydrocarbon compound that belongs to the class of aromatic compounds. It is also known as pseudocumene. This compound is a derivative of benzene, having three methyl groups attached to its carbon atoms at the 1st, 2nd, and 4th positions.

Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

The molecular formula of 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene is C9H12. It is a colorless liquid with a strong, aromatic odor. The structure of 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene consists of a benzene ring, which is a cyclic ring of six carbon atoms, with three methyl groups attached at the 1st, 2nd, and 4th positions.

Structure of 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene

Production and Uses[edit | edit source]

1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene is primarily produced in the petroleum industry as a byproduct of the production of xylenes. It is used as a solvent in various industries and as a component in some aviation fuels. It is also used in the production of dyes, plastics, and resins.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects such as damage to the liver and kidneys. It is recommended to use proper protective equipment when handling this compound.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that can contribute to air pollution. It can also contaminate water and soil if not properly managed.

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