Published: | Updated: May 18, 2020

Definition - What does Toluene mean?

Toluene is an aromatic solvent that is primarily used as a thinner or diluent in several end-user products, such as paints, coatings and cleaners. It is colorless and insoluble in water. The odor of toluene is sweet, pungent, benzene-like and gives a smell of paint thinner. The IUPAC name for Toluene is methylbenzene which is an aromatic hydrocarbon.

Corrosionpedia explains Toluene

Aromatic solvents such as toluene, xylene and naphtha are used as corrosion inhibitors in the oil and gas industry. The wide application of toluene and other aromatic solvents originates from the paint and coating manufacturing industries.

Toluene is an organic chemical compound having the chemical formula C7H8 and is considered a hydrocarbon because it contains only carbon and hydrogen atoms. It is considered an aromatic solvent because it possesses a benzene ring in which six carbon atoms connect with each other from alternating double bonds that create a hexagonal ring called a benzene ring.

Other information about toluene:

  • CAS registry number – 108-88-3.
  • Other names – methylbenzene, toluol.
  • Main usage – chemicals and solvents manufacturing.
  • Chemical stability – normally stable.

Incompatible materials:

  • Reacts violently with nitric acid.
  • Can ignite or explode when brought into contact with oxidizing agents such as peroxides. It is completely noncorrosive to carbon steel and aluminum alloys.

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