Purify it by careful fractional distillation, followed by passage through neutral activated alumina. Also by shaking with mercury, drying with K2CO3 and distilling from CaSO4. Stabilise it with 0.02% of 2,6-di-tert-butyl-p-cresol. [Beilstein 1 IV 707.]
A clear colorless liquid with an ether-like odor. Flash point 36-39°F. Denser than water and insoluble in water. Vapors heavier than air. Used in the making of perfumes.
May cause toxic effects if inhaled or absorbed through skin. Inhalation or contact with material may irritate or burn skin and eyes. Fire will produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases. Vapors may cause dizziness or suffocation. Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution.
clear colorless liquid
Air & Water Reactions
Highly flammable.Slightly soluble in water.
HIGHLY FLAMMABLE: Will be easily ignited by heat, sparks or flames. Vapors may form explosive mixtures with air. Vapors may travel to source of ignition and flash back. Most vapors are heavier than air. They will spread along ground and collect in low or confined areas (sewers, basements, tanks). Vapor explosion hazard indoors, outdoors or in sewers. May polymerize explosively when heated or involved in a fire. Runoff to sewer may create fire or explosion hazard. Containers may explode when heated. Many liquids are lighter than water.
1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE and potassium hydroxide forms chloroacetylene, which is explosive and spontaneously flammable in air. CIS-1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE is highly toxic, Rutledge, p134(1968).