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Hexachlorobutadiene

Hexachlorobutadiene
Skeletal formula of hexachlorobutadiene
Space-filling model of the hexachlorobutadiene molecule
Names
IUPAC name
Hexachloro-1,3-butadiene
Other names
HCBD, HCDB, Perchlorobutadiene, perchloro-1,3-butadiene, tripen
Identifiers
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ChEMBL  YesY
ChemSpider  YesY
Jmol-3D images Image
KEGG  YesY
PubChem
UNII  YesY
Properties
C4Cl6
Molar mass 260.76 g/mol
Appearance Colorless liquid
Odor Mild, turpentine-like[1]
Density 1.665 g/mL at 25 ℃
Melting point -22 - -19 ℃
Boiling point 210-220 ℃
Vapor pressure 0.2 mmHg (20°C)[1]
Hazards
Main hazards carcinogen
Safety data sheet Sigma Aldrich
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
PEL (Permissible)
none[1]
REL (Recommended)
Ca TWA 0.02 ppm (0.24 mg/m3) [skin][1]
Ca [N.D.][1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Hexachlorobutadiene, Cl2C=C(Cl)C(Cl)=CCl2, is a colorless liquid at room temperature that has an odor similar to that of turpentine. It is a chlorinated aliphatic diene with niche applications but is most commonly used as a solvent for other chlorine-containing compounds.[2][3]

Synthesis

Hexachlorobutadiene, or HCBD, is primarily produced in chlorinolysis plants as a by-product in the production of carbon tetrachloride and tetrachloroethene. Chlorinolysis is a radical chain reaction that occurs when hydrocarbons are exposed to chlorine gas under pyrolytic conditions. The hydrocarbon is chlorinated and the resulting chlorocarbons are broken down. This process is analogous to combustion, but with chlorine instead of oxygen.[2][4]

Hexachlorobutadiene occurs as a by-product during the chlorinolysis of butane derivatives in the production of both carbon tetrachloride and tetrachloroethene. These two commodities are manufactured on such a large scale, that enough HCBD can generally be obtained to meet the industrial demand. Alternatively, hexachlorobutadiene can be directly synthesized via the chlorination of butane or butadiene.[2][3]

Reactivity

The products of chlorinolysis reactions heavily depend upon both the temperature and pressure under which the reaction occurs. Thus, by adjusting these reaction conditions in the presence of chlorine gas, hexachlorobutadiene can be even further chlorinated to give tetrachloroethylene, hexachloroethane, octachlorobutene, and even decachlorobutane. In general, increasing the number of chlorine substituents on a compound increases its toxicity but decreases its combustibility. Chlorination via carbon skeleton cleavage is thermodynamically preferred, whereas chlorinated C4 products are favored at lower temperatures and pressures. The three chlorinolysis products of hexachlorobutadiene are shown in the reactions below.[3]

Applications

One of the primary applications of hexachlorobutadiene is as a solvent for chlorine, a good illustration of the common aphorism "like dissolves like." The molar solubility of chlorine in HCBD at 0 °C is around 34% (2.17 mol/L). The solubility of another chlorine solvent, carbon tetrachloride, at 0 °C is about 30% (3.11 mol/L). One mole of C4Cl6 can dissolve more chlorine than one mole of CCl4, but the molecular weight difference between the two solvents is such that per liter of solvent, more chlorine can be dissolved in carbon tetrachloride. Shown below is the molar solubility of hexachlorobutadiene compared to carbon tetrachloride at various temperatures. [2][4]

Temp (C) Molar Solubility of HCBD Molar Solubility

of CCl4

-20 60 60
0 34 30
20 21 18
40 13 10
60 10 8
80 6 5

Just like chlorine, many other chlorine-containing compounds can be readily dissolved in a solution of hexachlorobutadiene. As a solvent, it is unreactive toward common acids and select non-nucleophilic bases. An illustrative application HCBD as a solvent is the FeCl3-catalyzed chlorination of toluene to give pentachloromethylbenzene. Hexachlorobutadiene is used exclusively over carbon tetrachloride in this reaction because ferric chloride (FeCl3) is insoluble in CCl4.[5][6]

Given its affinity for chlorinated compounds, liquid HCBD is used as a scrubber in order to remove chlorine containing contaminants from gas streams. An example of this application is its use in the production of HCl gas as the primary contaminants, especially Cl2, are more soluble in hexachlorobutadiene than the gaseous hydrogen chloride.[2]

In IR spectroscopy, hexachlorobutadiene is occasionally used as a mull in order to analyze the stretching frequencies of C-H stretching bands. The usual mulling agent, Nujol, is a hydrocarbon and thus exhibits C-H stretching bands that can interfere with the signal from the sample. Since HCBD contains no C-H bonds, it can be used instead to obtain this portion of the IR spectrum. Unfortunately, some [7]

Hexachlorobutadiene has yet another, albeit somewhat dated, application as an algicide in industrial cooling systems. Although HCBD is a potent herbicide, in recent years, this particular application has been discouraged due to the high toxicity of the compound at low concentrations.[2][8][9]

Toxicity

Hexachlorobutadiene has been observed to produce systemic toxicity following exposure via oral, inhalation, and dermal routes. Effects may included fatty liver degeneration, epithelial necrotizing nephritis, central nervous system depression and cyanosis. [10]

The carcinogenicity of Hexachlorobutadiene has been classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency [11] has classified hexachlorobutadiene as a group C Possible Human Carcinogen. The American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists has classified Hexachlorobutadiene as an A3 Confirmed Animal Carcinogen with Unknown Relevance to Humans. [12] The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has set a recommended exposure limit at 0.02 ppm over an eight-hour workday.[13]

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Manfred Rossberg et al. "Chlorinated Hydrocarbons," Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2006, doi:10.1002/14356007.a06_233.pub2
  3. ^ a b c Kenric A. Marshall, "Chlorocarbons and Chlorohydrocarbons, Survey," Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2003, doi:10.1002/0471238961.1021182218050504.a01.pub2
  4. ^ a b Peter Schmittinger et al. "Chlorine," Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2006, doi:10.1002/14356007.a06_399.pub2
  5. ^ Pravin Khandare and Ron Spohn, "Toluenes, Ring-Chlorinated," Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2001, doi:10.1002/0471238961.18091407120914.a01.pub2
  6. ^ Michael T. Holbrook, "Carbon Tetrachloride," Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1993, doi:10.1002/0471238961.0301180208151202.a01
  7. ^ Gregory S Girolami, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, and Robert J. Angelici, "Synthesis and Technique in Inorganic Chemistry," University Science Books, 1999, ISBN 0-935702-48-2.
  8. ^ Wolfgang Dekant and Spiridon Vamvakas, "Toxicology," Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2004, doi:10.1002/14356007.b07_155.pub2
  9. ^ Nancy R. Passow, "Regulatory Agencies, Chemical Process Industry," Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2003, doi:10.1002/0471238961.0308051316011919.a01.pub2
  10. ^ ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry). [1994]. Toxicological Profile for Hexachlorobutadiene. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service.
  11. ^ U.S. EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) [1991]. Hexachlorobutadiene. Integrated Risk Information System. Washington, DC: United States Environmental Protection Agency. Available at: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/iris/index.cfm Accessed 9/05/2008.
  12. ^ ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) [2001]. Hexachlorobutadiene Documentation of Threshold Limit Values and Biological Exposure Indices. 7th Ed. Cincinnati, OH.
  13. ^ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [2011]. NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/npgd0314.html Accessed 11/07/2013
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