Toluene (Laboratory Use)

26th October 2018



An image showing Toluene (Laboratory Use) in a 2.5litre container

Looking for toluene for laboratory use?

  • We supply toluene for laboratory use in 2.5L containers, with discounts available for bulk orders

  • This product is sold with a minimum 99% purity and impurity levels not exceeding 0.005% non-volatile matter

  • We also supply toluene for general use

  • In addition, we offer further options with all our products, from custom labelling to bespoke blending

What is toluene used for?

  • Precursor: Toluene can be used as a precursor in many different reactions, including synthesis of benzene via hydrodealkylation or synthesis of benzoic acid and benzaldehyde via disproportionation of benzene and xylene. Toluene is also the raw material for toluene TNT and diisocyanate.

  • Solvent: This compound is a common solvent in paint, paint thinners, sealants, adhesives, lacquers and many other products.

  • Fuel: Toluene is used as an octane booster for internal combustion engines. This compound can also be used as fuel in both two-stroke and four-stroke engines, but it needs to be pre-heated to 70 degree Celsius before use, which requires specific engines.

  • Lab applications: In the lab, toluene is used in the manufacture of carbon nanomaterials, including fullerenes and nanotubes

  • Polystyrene kits: can be used as a fine cement for polystyrene kits due to a very precise application, thus avoiding bulk adhesive products

  • Medical applications: Toluene has the ability to break red blood cells, and it’s commonly used in biochemistry to extract haemoglobin

  • Coolant: Due to its good heat transfer properties, toluene has been used as a coolant in sodium cold traps in nuclear reactors

  • Cocaine extraction: In the fizzy drink industry, toluene is used to remove cocaine from coca leaves, so that these can be used to produce drinks

Friendly customer service

At ReAgent, we’re very proud of our friendly customer service. A member of staff will be glad to help before, during and after your order to ensure our products meet your expectations. We also offer free technical advice about all our products.


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