Air & Water Reactions
Flammable. Insoluble in water.
Mobile clear colorless liquid with a pungent odor. Flash point 124°F. Denser than water and insoluble in water. Hence sinks in water. Vapors are heavier than air. A skin irritant.
Bromobenzene may be sensitive to light. May react with oxidizing agents .
In organic synthesis, especially to make phenyl magnesium bromide; as solvent, especially for crystallizations on a large scale and where a heavy liquid is desirable; as additive to motor oils.
Special Hazards of Combustion Products: Irritating hydrogen bromide and other gases may be produced in fire.
Wash bromobenzene vigorously with conc H2SO4, then 10% NaOH or NaHCO3 solutions, and H2O. Dry it with CaCl2 or Na2SO4, or pass it through activated alumina, before refluxing with, and distilling from, CaH2, using a glass helix-packed column. [Beilstein 5 IV 670.]
Contact with liquid causes irritation of eyes and mild irritation of skin. Ingestion causes mild irritation of mouth and stomach.