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|Molar mass||201.66 g mol−1|
|Appearance||White crystalline powder|
|Melting point||225-227 °C|
|Solubility in water||5 mg/L|
|Solubility||Soluble in methanol, chloroform, and diethyl ether; slightly soluble in pentane|
|Vapor pressure||0.000810 mPa at 20 °C|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
Simazine may be prepared in the laboratory from cyanuric chloride crystals and a strong solution of ethyl amine (at least 50 percent by number in water). The reaction is highly exothermic and is therefore best carried out in an ice bath below 10 °C. It is also essential to carry out the synthesis in a fume hood since cyanuric chloride decomposes at high temperatures into hydrogen chloride and hydrogen cyanide, both of which are highly toxic by inhalation.
Properties and uses
Simazine is an off-white crystalline compound which is sparingly soluble in water. It is a member of the triazine-derivative herbicides, and was widely used as a residual nonselective herbicide, but is now banned in European Union states (EU directive 91/414/EEC). Like atrazine, a related triazine herbicide, it acts by inhibiting photosynthesis. It remains active in the soil for 2-7 months after application.