What Is Isobutyl Chloride?


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Isobutyl chloride is an organic compound. It consists of a butane molecule arranged in a three carbon chain with a single chlorine ion attached to one of the corners.

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Isobutyl chloride has four carbon atoms, nine hydrogen ions and a single chlorine atom replacing a hydrogen atom in the base butane structure. It is also known as 1-chloro-2-methylpropane. It is a clear, colorless liquid at room temperature, as the melting point is -203 degrees Fahrenheit. It is very flammable and even explosive. It is also highly reactive with powdered metal and strong oxidants. When it burns, it produces toxic gases, including hydrogen chloride.

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