|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||88.5365 g/mol|
-130 °C, 143 K, -202 °F
59.4 °C, 333 K, 139 °F
|Solubility in water||0.026 g/100 mL|
|Solubility||soluble in alcohol, diethyl ether
miscible in ethyl ether, acetone, benzene
|Refractive index (nD)||1.4583|
|R-phrases||R45, R11, R20/22,
|Main hazards||Highly flammable, toxic.|
|LD50||450 mg/kg (rat, oral)|
|Related compounds||Vinyl chloride|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Chloroprene is the common name for the organic compound 2-chlorobuta-1,3-diene, which has the formula CH2=CCl-CH=CH2. This colorless liquid is the monomer for the production of the polymer polychloroprene, a type of synthetic rubber. Polychloroprene is better known to the public as Neoprene, the trade name given by DuPont.
Production of chloroprene
Chlorine adds to 1,3-butadiene to afford a mixture of 3,4-dichloro-1-butene and 2,3-dichloro-2-butene. The 2,3-chloro isomer is subsequently isomerized to 3,4 isomer, which in turn is treated with base to induce dehydrochlorination to 2-chlorobuta-1,3-diene. This dehydrohalogenation entails loss of a hydrogen atom in the 3 position and the chlorine atom in the 4 position thereby forming a double bond between carbons 3 and 4. In 1983, approximately 2,000,000 kg were produced in this manner. The chief impurity in chloroprene prepared in this way is 1-chlorobuta-1,3-diene, which is usually separated by distillation.
Until the 1960s, chloroprene production was dominated by the "acetylene process," which was modeled after the original synthesis of vinylacetylene. In this process, acetylene is dimerized to give vinyl acetylene, which is then combined with hydrogen chloride to afford 4-chloro-1,2-butadiene (an allene derivative), which in the presence of cuprous chloride, rearranges to the targeted 2-chlorobuta-1,3-diene:
- HC≡C-CH=CH2 + HCl → H2C=C=CH-CH2Cl
- H2C=C=CH-CH2Cl → H2C=CCl-CH=CH2
This process is very energy-intensive and has high investment costs. Furthermore, the intermediate vinyl acetylene is unstable.
Transportation of uninhibited chloroprene has been banned in the United States by the US Department of Transportation. Stabilized chloroprene is in hazard class 3 (flammable liquid). Its UN number is 1991 and is in packing group 1.
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