Cyclohexane (Laboratory Use)

24th October 2018

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Why Buy Cyclohexane (Laboratory Use) Online from UK Chemical Suppliers, ReAgent Chemicals?

We supply Cyclohexane (Laboratory use) in 2.5L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders. This product is supplied with a minimum 99% purity, with levels of impurities less than 0.01% benzene, 0.05% water and 0.005% non volatile matter. Further information can be downloaded from our website, or simply contact us for more information.

About cyclohexane

With the molecular formula C6H12 (sometimes written as (CH2)6), cyclohexane is an essential ingredient in the manufacture of nylon. In solution, cyclohexane is a colourless liquid smelling like detergent, highly soluble in ether, acetone and alcohol, but insoluble in water.

Methods of synthesis

Nowadays this compound has a well established method, via hydrogenation of benzene (a highly exothermic reaction), but this compound has an interesting history when it comes to its discovery. In 1867, Marcellin Berthelot was one of the first to synthesise cyclohexane in the lab by reducing benzene in the presence of hydroiodic acid at high temperature. However, he never realised what he had managed to synthesise as he incorrectly identified the result as hexane. Three years later, Adolf von Baeyer used the same process but identified the resultant compound as hexahydrobenzene and about 20 years later, researchers still could not agree as Vladimir Markovnikov called it hexanaphtene.

Curiously, the processes used subsequently by von Baeyer (condensation of pimelic acid) and by E Haworth and W Perkin (Wurtz reaction of 1,6-dibromohexane) had a slightly higher boiling point than the original methods, but it was confirmed in 1895 that hexahydrobenzene, hexanaphtene and cyclohexane were in fact all the same compound.

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Based in the United Kingdom, ReAgent regularly supplies a wide range of clients, ranging from well-known names to smaller companies, including pharmaceuticals, chemical distributors and many others. We believe in our staff, and our company is an accredited “Investors in People”. A member of staff will be glad to assist you before, during and after your purchase to ensure it meets with your expectations.

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