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1,2-Dibromoethane (also known as ethylene dibromide) is a colorless, heavy, nonflammable liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a fumigant for soil and grain, as a lead scavenger in antiknock fluids, and as an intermediate in the synthesis of various organic compounds.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dibromoethane is a halogenated hydrocarbon with the chemical formula C2H4Br2. It is a dense liquid that is soluble in alcohol, ether, and slightly soluble in water. It has a boiling point of 131.7°C and a melting point of -9.4°C.

Uses[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dibromoethane is used in a variety of applications. It is used as a fumigant in soil to control pests, as a scavenger in leaded gasoline, and as an intermediate in the synthesis of various organic compounds. It is also used in the preparation of dyes, pharmaceuticals, and synthetic rubber.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1,2-dibromoethane can cause a variety of health effects. Inhalation can cause irritation to the respiratory tract, while skin contact can cause burns. Long-term exposure can lead to liver and kidney damage, and it is considered a potential carcinogen.

Safety[edit | edit source]

Due to its potential health effects, safety measures should be taken when handling 1,2-dibromoethane. This includes using proper protective equipment, such as gloves and eye protection, and ensuring adequate ventilation in the work area.

Environmental Impact[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dibromoethane is a persistent organic pollutant and can have a significant impact on the environment. It can contaminate soil and groundwater, and can be toxic to aquatic life.

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