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ortho-Dichlorobenzene (ODCB) price index

This post is a summary of the ortho-Dichlorobenzene (ODCB) price developments since 2017. The price developments are expressed as a price index in US$ prices converted at current FX rates, which are the FX rates applicable at the time the price was valid. ortho-Dichlorobenzene (ODCB) price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

Further information on the ortho-Dichlorobenzene (ODCB) price index

 

What is ODCB

Ortho-dichlorobenzene, also known as o-dichlorobenzene or 1,2-dichlorobenzene, is a chemical compound that is used in a variety of applications, including as a moth repellent and insecticide, as a solvent, and as a feedstock in the production of chemicals. It is a white, crystalline solid with a sweet, chloroform-like smell. Ortho-dichlorobenzene is toxic if ingested or inhaled and can cause skin irritation. It is important to use caution when handling ortho-dichlorobenzene and to follow proper safety guidelines.

 

How is ODCB produced

Ortho-dichlorobenzene, or o-dichlorobenzene, is produced through the chlorination of benzene, which is an aromatic hydrocarbon. The process involves the addition of chlorine atoms to the benzene molecule to form o-dichlorobenzene. The reaction can be carried out using a variety of methods, including the use of a catalyst and the application of heat.

The production of o-dichlorobenzene can produce a variety of by-products and waste materials, and it is important to properly manage these materials to minimize environmental impacts. It is also important to follow proper safety guidelines when handling o-dichlorobenzene, as it is toxic if ingested or inhaled and can cause skin irritation.

 

What is ODCB used for

Ortho-dichlorobenzene, or o-dichlorobenzene, is used in a variety of applications, including:

Moth repellent and insecticide

O-dichlorobenzene is often used as a moth repellent and insecticide, as it is effective at killing and repelling moths and other insects. It is often used in mothballs and other products that are designed to protect clothing and other household items from moth damage.

Solvent

O-dichlorobenzene is also used as a solvent for various chemicals, including resins, dyes, and pigments.

Feedstock

O-dichlorobenzene is used as a feedstock in the production of chemicals, including phthalic anhydride, which is used to make plastics and resins.

 

Further reading

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