|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||174.2 g/mol|
|Appearance||Colorless to pale yellow, liquid|
|Density||1.214 g/cm3, liquid|
21.8 °C (295.0 K)
251 °C (524 K)
|Solubility in water||Reacts|
|EU classification||Very toxic (T+)
Carc. Cat. 3
|R-phrases||R26, R36/37/38, R40,
|S-phrases||(S1/2), S23, S36/37, S45, S61|
|Flash point||127 °C|
|Related isocyanates||Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate
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|n, εr, etc.|
Solid, liquid, gas
|Spectral data||UV, IR, NMR, MS|
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) is an organic compound with the formula CH3C6H3(NCO)2. Two of the six possible isomers are commercially important: 2,4-TDI (CAS: 584-84-9) and 2,6-TDI (CAS: 91-08-7). 2,4-TDI is produced in the pure state, but TDI is often marketed as 80/20 and 65/35 mixtures of the 2,4 and 2,6 isomers respectively. It is produced on a large scale, accounting for 34.1% of the global isocyanate market in 2000, second only to MDI. Approximately 1.4 billion kilograms were produced in 2000.
2,4-TDI is prepared in three steps from toluene, which is doubly nitrated with nitric acid to give dinitrotoluene. This step determines the isomer ratio of the ultimate TDI. Hydrogenation of the dinitrotoluene produces the corresponding isomers of diaminotoluene (TDA). Finally, the TDA is subjected to phosgenation, i.e. treatment with phosgene to form TDI. This final step produces HCl as a byproduct and is a major source of industrial hydrochloric acid.
Distillation of the crude TDI mixture produces an 80:20 mixture of 2,4-TDI and 2,6-TDI, known as TDI (80/20). Differentiation or separation of the TDI (80/20) can be used to produce pure 2,4-TDI and a 65:35 mixture of 2,4-TDI and 2,6-TDI, known as TDI (65/35).
The isocyanate functional groups in TDI react with a hydroxyl groups to form urethane linkages. The two isocyanate groups in TDI react at different rates: The 4-position is approximately four times more reactive than the 2-position. 2,6-TDI is a symmetrical molecule and thus has two isocyanate groups of similar reactivity, similar to the 2-position on 2,4-TDI. However, since both isocyanate groups are attached to the same aromatic ring, reaction of one isocyanate group will cause a change in the reactivity of the second isocyanate group.
Information is available on handling, personal protective equipment, exposure monitoring, transport, storage, sampling and analysis of TDI, dealing with accidents, and health and environmental themes. All major producers of TDI are members of the International Isocyanate Institute, whose aim is the promotion of the safe handling of TDI in the workplace, community, and environment.
See also 
- Randall, D.; Lee, S. (2003). The Polyurethanes Book. New York: Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-85041-1.
- Six, C.; Richter, F. (2005), "Isocyanates, Organic", Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, doi:10.1002/14356007.a14_611
- Allport, D. C.; Gilbert, D. S.; Outterside, S. M., ed. (2003). MDI and TDI: Safety, Health and the Environment: A Source Book and Practical Guide. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-95812-3.
- International Chemical Safety Card 0339
- IARC Monograph: "Toluene Diisocyanates"
- NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
- Hazards of TDI, MDI, and HDI
- NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Isocyanates, from the website of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- International Isocyanate Institute http://www.diisocyanates.org