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Skeletal formulashowing numbering convention
Ball-and-stick model
CAS number 132-64-9 YesY
PubChem 568
ChemSpider 551 YesY
KEGG C07729 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:28145 YesY
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C12H8O
Molar mass 168.19 g/mol
Appearance white crystalline powder
Melting point 81 to 85 °C (178 to 185 °F; 354 to 358 K)
Boiling point 285 °C (545 °F; 558 K)
Solubility in water Insoluble
R-phrases R51/53
S-phrases S24/25 S29 S61
Related compounds
Related compounds Furan
Polyozellin (compound with a kernel with two dibenzofurans that share the same benzene ring)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Dibenzofuran is a heterocyclic organic compound with the chemical structure shown at right. It is an aromatic compound that has two benzene rings fused to a central furan ring. All the numbered carbon atoms have a hydrogen atom bonded to each of them (not shown in the image). It is a volatile white solid that is soluble in nonpolar organic solvents. It is obtained from coal tar, where it exists as a 1% component.[1]


Dibenzofuran is extremely stable, and this property is exploited by the use of DBF as a heat transfer agent.

It undergoes electrophilic reactions, such as halogenation and Friedel-Crafts reactions. Reaction of DBF with bultyl lithium results in dilithiation.[2]


Dibenzofuran is a relatively non-toxic compound. The polychlorinated dibenzofurans are however controversial and potentially dangerous.[3]


  1. ^ Gerd Collin and Hartmut Höke "Benzofurans" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2007, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.l03_l01
  2. ^ Ulrich Iserloh, Yoji Oderaotoshi, Shuji Kanemasa, and Dennis P. Curran "Synthesis of (R,R)-4,6-Dibenzofurandiyl-2,2'-Bis (4-Phenyloxazoline) (DBFOX/PH) – A Novel Trridentate Ligand" Org. Synth. 2003, 80, 46.
  3. ^ Reference needed