Published: | Updated: June 15, 2019

Definition - What does Isocyanate mean?

Isocyanate is specific functional group with a R–N=C=O compound. Isocyanate is very reactive with low molecular weight. It is used to produce foams, fibers, coatings and other materials. It is also used to protect cement, steel and aluminum.

Corrosionpedia explains Isocyanate

Isocyanate was developed in Germany during the Second World War due to a scarcity of rubber and plastics. It is a powerful irritant when it comes into contact with humans internally or externally. It causes burns to the eyes, skin and respiratory system, as well as asthma. Due to its hazardous nature, it is heavily regulated to prevent exposure.

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