The appearance of the high purity of the m-phenylenediamine is snow white flake solid used as a synthetic electronic grade polyimide material and epoxy resin curing agent.
Purify the diamine by distillation under a vacuum followed by recrystallisation from EtOH (rhombs) and if necessary redistillation. It should be protected from light; otherwise it darkens rapidly. [Neilson et al. J Chem Soc 371 1962, IR: Katritzky & Jones J Chem Soc 3674, 2058 1959, UV: Forbes & Leckie Can J Chem 36 1371 1958.] The hydrochloride has m 277-278o, and the bis-4-chlorobenzenesulfonyl derivative has m 220-221o from H2O (214-215o, from MeOH/H2O) [Runge & Pfeiffer Chem Ber 90 1737 1957]. The acetate has m 191o. [Beilstein 13 IV 79.]
Grey crystal granule
Colorless or white colored needles that turn red or purple in air. Melting point 64-66 C. Density 1.14 g / cm3. Flash point 280 F. May irritate skin and eyes. Toxic by skin absorption, inhalation or ingestion. Used in aramid fiber manufacture, as a polymer additive, dye manufacturing, as a laboratory reagent, and in photography.
Air & Water Reactions
Soluble in water [Merck].
m-Phenylenediamine an aromatic amine, neutralizes acids, acid chlorides, acid anhydrides and chloroformates in exothermic reactions to form salts. May be incompatible with isocyanates, halogenated organics, peroxides, phenols (acidic), epoxides, anhydrides, and acid halides. Incompatible with oxidizing agents .
1,3-Phenylenediamine is used in the foaming-type hair dye composition.
m-Phenylenediamine is combustible. Dust may form explosive mixtures in air