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Fluoranthene Chemical Properties
  • Melting point:109 °C
  • Boiling point:384 °C(lit.)
  • Density 1.252
  • refractive index 1.0996
  • Flash point:-18 °C
  • storage temp.  APPROX 4°C
  • form Crystalline Powder, Crystals and/or Chunks
  • color Yellow or yellow-green to gray-beige
  • Water Solubility insoluble
  • BRN 1907918
  • Henry's Law Constant5.53, 8.59, 13.0, 19.3, and 26.8(x 10-6 atm?m3/mol) at 4.1, 11.0, 18.0, 25.0, and 31.0 °C, respectively (Bamford et al., 1998)
  • Stability:Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
  • CAS DataBase Reference206-44-0(CAS DataBase Reference)
  • IARC3 (Vol. Sup 7, 92) 2010
  • NIST Chemistry ReferenceFluoranthene(206-44-0)
  • EPA Substance Registry SystemFluoranthene (206-44-0)
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Fluoranthene Usage And Synthesis
  • Chemical PropertiesFluoranthene is a polycyclic hydrocarbon and a colorless crystalline solid.
  • UsesFluoranthene is a component of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, also known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and is usually bound to small particulate matter present in urban air, industrial and natural combustion emissions, and cigarette smoke.
  • DefinitionChEBI: An ortho- and peri-fused polycyclic arene consisting of a naphthalene and benzene unit connected by a five-membered ring.
  • Synthesis Reference(s)Journal of the American Chemical Society, 72, p. 4786, 1950 DOI: 10.1021/ja01166a124
    Tetrahedron Letters, 33, p. 1675, 1992 DOI: 10.1016/S0040-4039(00)91703-9
  • General DescriptionLight yellow fine crystals.
  • Air & Water ReactionsInsoluble in water.
  • Reactivity ProfileVigorous reactions, sometimes amounting to explosions, can result from the contact between aromatic hydrocarbons, such as Fluoranthene, and strong oxidizing agents. They can react exothermically with bases and with diazo compounds. Substitution at the benzene nucleus occurs by halogenation (acid catalyst), nitration, sulfonation, and the Friedel-Crafts reaction.
  • HazardQuestionable carcinogen.
  • Health HazardACUTE/CHRONIC HAZARDS: When heated to decomposition Fluoranthene emits acrid smoke and fumes.
  • Health HazardFluoranthene exhibited mild oral and dermaltoxicity in animals. The acute toxicity is lowerthan that of phenanthrene. An oral LD50 valuein rats is reported as 2000 mg/kg. It may causeskin tumor at the site of application. However,any carcinogenic action from this compoundin animals is unknown..
  • Fire HazardFlash point data for Fluoranthene are not available. Fluoranthene is probably combustible.
  • Safety ProfilePoison by intravenous route. Moderately toxic by ingestion and skin contact. Questionable carcinogen with experimental tumorigenic data. Human mutation data reported. Combustible when exposed to heat or flame. When heated to decomposition it emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes.
  • Potential ExposureFluoranthene, a PAH, is produced from the pyrolytic processing of organic raw materials, such as coal and petroleum at high temperatures. It is also known to occur naturally as a product of plant biosynthesis. Fluoranthene is ubiquitous in the environment and has been detected in United States air; in foreign and domestic drink ing waters and in food-stuffs. It is also contained in ciga rette smoke. Individuals living in areas which are heavily industrialized; and in which large amounts of fossil fuels are burned, would be expected to have greatest exposure from ambient sources of fluoranthene. In addition, certain occupations e.g., coke oven workers, steelworkers, roofers, automobile mechanics) would also be expected to have elevated levels of exposure relative to the general popula tion. Exposure to fluoranthene will be considerably increased among tobacco smokers or those who are exposed to smokers in closed environments (i.e., indoors).
  • SourceDetected in 8 diesel fuels at concentrations ranging from 0.060 to 13 mg/L with a mean value of 0.113 mg/L (Westerholm and Li, 1994); in a distilled water-soluble fraction of used motor oil at a concentration range of 1.3 to 1.5 μg/L (Chen et al., 1994). Lee et al. (1992) reported concentration ranges 1.50-125 mg/L and ND-0.5 μg/L in diesel fuel and the corresponding aqueous phase (distilled water), respectively (Lee et al., 1992). Schauer et al. (1999) reported fluoranthene in a diesel-powered medium-duty truck exhaust at an emission rate of 53.0 μg/km. Identified in Kuwait and South Louisiana crude oils at concentrations of 2.9 and 5.0 ppm, respectively (Pancirov and Brown, 1975).
    California Phase II reformulated gasoline contained fluoranthene at a concentration of 1.15 g/kg. Gas-phase tailpipe emission rates from gasoline-powered automobiles with and without catalytic converters were approximately 4.25 and 160 μg/km, respectively (Schauer et al., 2002).
    Detected in groundwater beneath a former coal gasification plant in Seattle, WA at a concentration of 50 μg/L (ASTR, 1995). The concentration of fluoranthene in coal tar and the maximum concentration reported in groundwater at a mid-Atlantic coal tar site were 6,500 and 0.015 mg/L, respectively (Mackay and Gschwend, 2001). Based on laboratory analysis of 7 coal tar samples, fluoranthene concentrations ranged from 1,500 to 13,000 ppm (EPRI, 1990).Lehmann et al. (1984) reported fluoranthene concentrations of 64.7 mg/g in a commercial anthracene oil and 17,400 to 30,900 mg/kg in three high-temperature coal tars. Identified in hightemperature coal tar pitches used in roofing operations at concentrations ranging from 5,200 to 38,800 mg/kg (Arrendale and Rogers, 1981).
    Fluoranthene was detected in soot generated from underventilated combustion of natural gas doped with toluene (3 mole %) (Tolocka and Miller, 1995). Fluoranthene was also detected in 9 commercially available creosote samples at concentrations ranging from 55,000 to 120,000 mg/kg (Kohler et al., 2000).
    Detected in asphalt fumes at an average concentration of 20.48 ng/m3 (Wang et al., 2001). An impurity in commercial available pyrene (Marciniak, 2002).
    Schauer et al. (2001) measured organic compound emission rates for volatile organic compounds, gas-phase semi-volatile organic compounds, and particle-phase organic compounds from the residential (fireplace) combustion of pine, oak, and eucalyptus. The respective gas-phase and particle-phase emission rates of fluoranthene were 3.05 and 3.95 mg/kg of pine burned, 3.61 and 1.20 mg/kg of oak burned, and 3.75 and 0.509 mg/kg of eucalyptus burned.
  • Solubility in organicsIn benzene expressed as mole fraction: 0.2174 at 44.8 °C, 0.3011 at 56.0 °C, 0.3826 at 64.4 °C, 0.5331 at 77.2 °C (shake flask-gravimetric, McLaughlin and Zainal, 1959)
    In millimole fraction at 25 °C: 14.76 in n-hexane, 18.70 in n-heptane, 22.60 in n-octane, 26.42 in n-nonane, 30.15 in n-decane, 50.46 in n-hexadecane, 18.07 in cyclohexane, 21.79 in methylcyclohexane, 30.11 in cyclooctane, 11.62 in 2,2,4-trimethylpentane, 24.82 in tert-butyl-cyclohexane, 51.77 in dibutyl ether, 47.55 in methyl tert-butyl ether, 2.67 in methanol, 5.44 in ethanol, 6.70 in 1-propanol, 4.75 in 2-propanol, 9.96 in 1-butanol, 7.02 in 2-butanol, 4.95 in 2- methyl-1-propanol, 14.46 in 1-pentanol, 19.86 1-hexanol, 25.24 in 1-heptanol, 31.25 in 1- octanol, 10.21 in 2-pentanol, 8.62 in 3-methyl-1-butanol, 9.70 in 2-methyl-2-butanol, 17.72 in cyclopentanol, 17.82 in 2-ethyl-1-hexanol, 11.72 in 2-methyl-1-pentanol, 0.948 in 4-methyl-2- pentanol (Hernández and Acree, 1998)
  • ShippingUN1325 Flammable solids, organic, n.o.s., Hazard Class: 4.1; Labels: 4.1-Flammable solid.UN3077 Environmentally hazardous substances, solid, n.o.s., Hazard class: 9; Labels: 9-Miscellaneous hazardous material, Technical Name Required.
  • Purification MethodsFluoranthene (benzo[j,k]fluorene) M 202.3, m 110-111o, b 384o/760mm. Purify it by chromatography of CCl4 solutions on alumina, with *benzene as eluent. Crystallise it from EtOH, MeOH or *benzene. Also purify it by zone melting. [Gorman et al. J Am Chem Soc 107 4404 1985, Beilstein 5 I 344, 5 IV 2463.]
  • IncompatibilitiesIncompatible with oxidizers (chlorates, nitrates, peroxides, permanganates, perchlorates, chlorine, bromine, fluorine, etc.); contact may cause fires or explo sions. Keep away from alkaline materials, strong bases, strong acids, oxoacids, epoxides. Compound can react exo thermically with bases and with diazo compounds. Substitution at the benzene nucleus occurs by halogenation (acid catalyst), nitration, sulfonation, and the Friedel Crafts reaction.
  • Waste DisposalDissolve or mix the material with a combustible solvent and burn in a chemical incinera tor equipped with an afterburner and scrubber. All federal, state, and local environmental regulations must be observed. Consult with environmental regulatory agencies for guidance on acceptable disposal practices. Generators of waste containing this contaminant (≥100 kg/mo) must con form with EPA regulations governing storage, transportation, treatment, and waste disposal.
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