RESORCINOL (108-46-3)

Product Overview

Resorcinol is a phenolic compound. It is an organic compound with the formula C₆H₄(OH)₂. It is one of three isomeric benzenediols, the 1,3-isomer. Resorcinol crystallizes from benzene as colorless needles that are readily soluble in water, alcohol, and ether, but insoluble in chloroform and carbon disulfide.

Characteristic Data

Property Value
Molar Mass 110.1 g/mol
IUPAC ID Benzene-1,3-diol
Formula C₆H₆O₂
Melting Point 110 °C
Boiling Point 277 °C
Density 1.28 g/cm³
Solubility Soluble in Water


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Resorcinol is a phenolic compound and an organic compound with the chemical formula C₆H₄(OH)₂. It belongs to the family of benzenediols and is specifically the 1,3-isomer among the three isomeric benzenediols.

Resorcinol crystallizes from benzene as colorless needles. It is readily soluble in water, alcohol, and ether, but exhibits insolubility in chloroform and carbon disulfide.

Resorcinol finds applications in various industries, including the production of resins, pharmaceuticals, and hair dyes. It is also utilized in the synthesis of rubber adhesives and as an intermediate in the manufacturing of other chemical compounds.

The solubility characteristics of resorcinol, along with its colorless needle-like crystalline structure, contribute to its versatility in different chemical processes. These properties make it useful in formulations requiring solubility in specific solvents.

While resorcinol is generally considered safe when handled properly, it’s important to follow recommended safety practices, including the use of appropriate protective equipment, proper ventilation, and adherence to regulatory guidelines to minimize potential risks associated with its use.

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