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1,2-Dibromopropane is an organic compound that belongs to the class of halogenated hydrocarbons. It is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor and is used primarily as a chemical intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals.

Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dibromopropane has the chemical formula C3H6Br2. It consists of a three-carbon propane backbone with a bromine atom attached to each of the two terminal carbon atoms. This structure gives 1,2-dibromopropane its characteristic properties, including its relatively high density and boiling point compared to other organic compounds of similar size.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

1,2-Dibromopropane can be synthesized through the bromination of propene. This reaction involves the addition of bromine across the double bond of propene, resulting in the formation of 1,2-dibromopropane.

Uses[edit | edit source]

The primary use of 1,2-dibromopropane is as a chemical intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals. It can also be used as a solvent for some types of organic reactions, and as a fumigant in certain agricultural applications.

Safety and Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1,2-dibromopropane can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It is also a potential carcinogen, and long-term exposure can lead to serious health effects.

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