|Systematic IUPAC name
|Molar mass||94.50 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Colorless or white crystals|
|Density||1.58 g·cm−3, solid|
|Melting point||63 °C (145 °F; 336 K)|
|Boiling point||189.3 °C (372.7 °F; 462.4 K)|
|85.8 g/100mL (25 °C)|
|Solubility||soluble in methanol, acetone, diethyl ether, benzene, chloroform, ethanol|
|Vapor pressure||0.22 hPa|
Refractive index (nD)
|1.4351 (55 °C)|
|144.02 J/K mol|
Std enthalpy of
|Main hazards||alkylating agent|
|R-phrases||R25 R34 R50|
|S-phrases||S23 S37 S45 S61|
|Flash point||126 °C (259 °F; 399 K)|
LD50 (Median lethal dose)
|165 mg/kg (mouse, oral)|
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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The production of chloroacetic acid was 706,000 tonnes/year in 2010, of which over half is produced in China. Other countries with significant production capacity are Germany (105,000), the Netherlands (100,000), India (>65,000), and the United States (55,000).
2H + Cl
2 → ClCH
2H + HCl
2CHCl + 2 H
2O → ClCH
2H + 2 HCl
The hydrolysis method produces a highly pure product, which can be important since mono-, di-, and trichloroacetic acids are difficult to separate by distillation. Approximately, 420,000,000 kg/y are produced globally.
Reactivity and uses
In industry, chloroacetic acid is used in the production of a wide variety of useful compounds; e.g., drugs, dyes, pesticides. Most reactions take advantage of the high reactivity of the C–Cl bond. It is the precursor to the herbicide glyphosate, and the herbicides MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid) and dimethoate are prepared by alkylation with chloroacetic acid. Chloroacetic acid is converted to chloroacetyl chloride, a precursor to adrenaline (epinephrine). Displacement of chloride by sulfide gives thioglycolic acid, which is used as a stabilizer in PVC and a component in some cosmetics.
Chloroacetic acid easily penetrates skin and mucous membranes and interferes with cellular energy production. Initial dermal exposure to high concentrations (e.g., 80% solution) may not appear very damaging at first, however systemic poisoning may present within hours. Exposure can be fatal if greater than 6% body surface area is exposed to chloroacetic acid. The sodium salt does not penetrate the skin as well as the acid but can be as damaging given a longer duration and greater surface area of exposure.
Upon exposure to chloroacetic acid, immediate decontamination should be commenced by rinsing the affected area with water or bicarbonate solution in order to neutralize the acid and prevent further skin absorption.
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- Antidote treatment
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