Wash the dibromide with conc HCl or H2SO4, then water, aqueous NaHCO3 or Na2CO3, more water, and dry it with CaCl2. Fractionally distil it. Alternatively, keep in daylight with excess bromine for 2hours, then extract with aqueous Na2SO3, wash with water, dry with CaCl2, filter and distil. It can also be purified by fractional crystallisation by partial freezing. Store it in the dark. [Beilstein 1 H 90, 1 I 28, 1 II 61, 1 III 182, 1 IV 158.]
AADIBROOM®; EDB-85; FUMO-GAS®;
ISCOBROME D®; KOPFUME®; NEFIS®; NEPHIS®;
1,2-dibromomethane is a heavy, colourless liquid with a mild sweet odour, like chloroform. Ethylene dibromide is incompatible with strong oxidisers, magnesium, alkali metals, and liquid ammonia. Ethylene dibromide is soluble in alcohols, ethers, acetone, benzene, and most organic solvents and slightly soluble in water. Ethylene dibromide was once of dominant use, although its use has faded as an additive in leaded gasoline.
Ethylene dibromide (1,2-dibromoethane) reacts with lead residues to generate volatile lead bromides. Ethylene dibromide (1,2-dibromoethane) reacts with lead residues to generate volatile lead bromides. It has been used as a pesticide in soil and various crops. Most of the uses of ethylene dibromide have been stopped in the United States; however, it is still used as a fumigant for treatment of logs for termites and beetles, for the control of moths and beehives, and as a preparation for dyes and waxes. Because of limitations in epidemiological study evidences for ethylene dibromide as a human carcinogen is inconclusive. In 1984, the U.S. EPA imposed a ban on its use as a soil and grain fumigant.
Air & Water Reactions
Slightly soluble in water. May react slowly with moisture.
Local inflammation, blisters and ulcers on skin; irritation in lungs and organic injury to liver and kidneys; may be absorbed through skin.
1,2-Dibromoethane slowly decomposes in the presence of light and heat. Turns brown upon exposure to light. Corrosive to iron and other metals. May decompose upon contact with alkalis. Incompatible with oxidizing agents. Reacts with sodium, potassium, calcium, powdered aluminum, zinc, magnesium and liquid ammonia. May attack some plastics, rubber and coatings. May poison platinum catalysts [Hawley]. Reacts as an alkylating agent .
Soil and grain fumigant; as lead scavenger in anti-knock gasolines. Most of the uses of ethylene dibromide have been stopped in the United States; however, it is still used as a fumigant for treatment of logs for termites and beetles, for the control of moths and beehives, and as a preparation for dyes and waxes.
A clear colorless liquid with a sweetish odor. Density 18.1 lb /gal. Slightly soluble in water. Soluble in most organic solvents and thinners. Noncombustible. Very toxic by inhalation, skin absorption or ingestion. Used as a solvent, scavenger for lead in gasoline, grain fumigant and in the manufacture of other chemicals.
Fumigant, Nematicide: Not approved for use in EU countries. Not registered
for use in the U.S. Persons whose clothing or skin is contaminated
with liquid ethylene dibromide (above 10°C) can
secondarily contaminate others by direct contact or through
off-gassing vapor. Ethylene dibromide was used extensively
as a pesticide and an ingredient of soil, vegetable, fruit, and
grain fumigant formulations. Still used in India, South Africa
and other countries. There are 15 global suppliers.
ChEBI: A bromoalkane that is ethane carrying bromo substituents at positions 1 and 2. It is produced by marine algae.