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1,3-Dibromopropane is a chemical compound that belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alkyl halides. It is a colorless liquid with a strong, unpleasant odor. This compound is used in the synthesis of other organic compounds and in the production of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

1,3-Dibromopropane has the chemical formula C3H6Br2. It consists of a three-carbon alkane chain, with a bromine atom attached to the first and third carbon atoms. The molecular weight of 1,3-dibromopropane is 201.89 g/mol.

The molecular structure of 1,3-dibromopropane is linear, with the bromine atoms on opposite ends of the molecule. This gives the molecule a dipole moment, making it a polar compound.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

1,3-Dibromopropane can be synthesized through the halogenation of propane. This reaction involves the substitution of two hydrogen atoms in propane with bromine atoms. The reaction is typically carried out in the presence of a catalyst to increase the reaction rate.

Uses[edit | edit source]

1,3-Dibromopropane is primarily used in the synthesis of other organic compounds. It is a versatile building block in organic synthesis, used in the production of a wide range of chemicals including pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

Safety and Hazards[edit | edit source]

1,3-Dibromopropane is a hazardous substance. It is harmful if swallowed, inhaled, or comes into contact with the skin. It can cause burns and eye damage. Proper safety measures should be taken when handling this compound.

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