|Jmol-3D images||Image 1
|Molar mass||178.23 g mol−1|
|Density||1.25 g/cm³ at 19.85 °C, Solid
0.969 g/cm³ at 220 °C, liquid
|Melting point||218 °C; 424 °F; 491 K|
|Boiling point||340 °C; 644 °F; 613 K|
|Solubility in water||insoluble|
|Solubility||methanol: 0.0908 g/100 mL
hexane: 0.164 g/100 mL
|EU classification||Dangerous for the Environment|
|Flash point||121 °C; 250 °F; 394 K|
|Autoignition temperature||540 °C; 1,004 °F; 813 K|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C or 77 °F, 100 kPa)
Anthracene is a solid polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon of formula C14H10, consisting of three fused benzene rings. It is a component of coal tar. Anthracene is used in the production of the red dye alizarin and other dyes. Anthracene is colorless but exhibits a blue (400-500 nm peak) fluorescence under ultraviolet light.
Commercial anthracene is obtained from coal tar, common impurities being phenanthrene and carbazole. A classic laboratory method for the preparation of anthracene is by cyclodehydration of o-methyl- or o-methylene-substituted diarylketones in the so-called Elbs reaction.
The dimer is connected by a pair of new carbon-carbon bonds, the result of the [4+4] cycloaddition. The dimer reverts to anthracene thermally or with UV irradiation below 300 nm. The reversible dimerization and the photochromic properties of anthracenes are the basis of potential applications. Substituted anthracene derivatives behave similarly. The reaction is affected by the presence of oxygen.
In general, reduction of anthracene yields 9,10-dihydroanthracene (destroying the aromaticity of the center ring) rather than 1,4-dihydroanthracene (which would destroy the aromaticity of one of the terminal rings). This preference for reduction at the 9 and 10 positions is explained by the fact that aromatic stabilization energy is directly correlated with the number of conjugated pi bonds in an aromatic system. Since 9,10-dihydroanthracene in essence preserves two "benzene" rings (a total of 6 conjugated pi bonds), whereas the 1,4-isomer preserves only one and a half such rings (a total of 5 pi bonds); the latter is not the thermodynamically favorable product. Likewise, electrophilic substitution occurs at the "9" and "10" positions of the center ring.
Anthracene is an organic semiconductor. It is used as a scintillator for detectors of high energy photons, electrons and alpha particles. Plastics, such as polyvinyltoluene, can be doped with anthracene to produce a plastic scintillator that is approximately water-equivalent for use in radiation therapy dosimetry. Anthracene's emission spectrum peaks at between 400 nm and 440 nm.
Anthracene is one of the three components (the other two being potassium perchlorate and sulfur) which are used to produce the black smoke released during a Papal Conclave.
A variety of anthracene derivatives find niche uses. Derivatives having a hydroxyl group are 1-hydroxyanthracene and 2-hydroxyanthracene, homologous to phenol and naphthols, and hydroxyanthracene (also called anthrol, and anthracenol) are pharmacologically active. Anthracene may also be found with multiple hydroxyl groups, as in 9,10-dihydroxyanthracene.
Unlike many other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), anthracene is not classified as carcinogenic as listed by OSHA. Anthracene, as many other PAHs, is generated during combustion processes: Exposure to humans happens mainly through tobacco smoke and ingestion of food contaminated with combustion products.
- 9,10-Dithioanthracene, which migrates in a straight line when adsorbed on a flat copper surface.
- NIST Chemistry WebBook Anthracene
- Iglesias-Groth, S.; Manchado, A.; Rebolo, R.; Gonzalez Hernandez, J. I.; Garcia-Hernandez, D. A.; Lambert, D. L. (May 2010). A search for interstellar anthracene toward the Perseus anomalous microwave emission region. arXiv:1005.4388. Bibcode:2010MNRAS.407.2157I. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.17075.x.
- Coordination Complexes as Catalysts: The Oxidation of Anthracene by Hydrogen Peroxide in the Presence of VO(acac)2 Kimberly D. M. Charleton, Ernest M. Prokopchuk Journal of Chemical Education 2011 88 (8), 1155-1157 doi:10.1021/ed100843a
- Gerd Collin, Hartmut Höke and Jörg Talbiersky "Anthracene" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2006. doi:10.1002/14356007.a02_343.pub2
- Vatican Radio, Briefing by Fr. Federico Lombardi, 03/13/2013, 1 p.m. CET.
- 1-Hydroxyanthracene NIST datapage
- 2-Hydroxyanthracene NIST datapage
|Wikisource has the text of the 1879 American Cyclopædia article Anthracene.|
- International Chemical Safety Card 0825
- IARC - Monograph 32
- National Pollutant Inventory - Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Fact Sheet
- European Chemicals Agency - ECHA
- "Anthracene". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911