We supply toluene for general use in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums and 25,000L tanker
Some options offer discounts for bulk orders over 4 items, but contact us for further information
MSDS available to download from our website
We also offer toluene for laboratory use
Formerly called toluol, toluene is a colourless solution with a smell like paint thinners. From a chemical point of view, it’s a benzene derivative with a single substitution of a single methyl group (-CH3) attached to a benzene ring. As such, its IUPAC name is methylbenzene and it’s classed as an aromatic hydrocarbon.
How is Toluene Made?
Toluene is produced during synthesis of gasoline via a catalytic reformer; or in the production of raw material coke (made from coal). The final step involves a separation done by solvent extraction or distillation, which can take place at various points to produce benzene, toluene and xylene isomers. In the lab, as a student demonstration, toluene can be synthesised by mixing methyl chloride and benzene, in the presence of aluminium chloride or other Lewis acid.
Toxicology: Is Toluene Dangerous?
If inhaled, toluene can cause tiredness and weakness, and other symptoms similar to consuming excess alcohol, including confusion, memory loss and nausea. These symptoms disappear when exposure stops. Toluene is much less toxic than benzene and has largely replaced it whenever possible. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest toluene is carcinogenic.
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Hazard Statement Code
Causes skin irritation.
May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Highly flammable liquid and vapour.
May cause drowsiness or dizziness.
May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
Suspected of damaging the unborn child.
Precautionary Statement Code
Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/ doctor.
Avoid breathing vapour/ spray.
Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking.
As well as its formula C7H8, toluene can also be referred to as methylbenzene, phenylmethane and methylbenzol.
Buy Toluene Online from a Leading UK Chemical Supplier
Toluene has a multitude of purposes and is primarily used as a cleaning solution in a variety of industries. ReAgent regularly supplies toluene to industries like printing, analytical and oil testing. It can also be found in other solvent solutions like titration solvents and mixed solvents.
Our toluene can be ordered in a number of grades, including analytical grade for analysis purposes and laboratory reagent grade for general use. Our batch sizes also range from 2.5L containers to 25,000L tankers. To discuss your requirements, please call us on 0800 990 3258 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.
We are a quality accredited company and manufacture to the stringent requirements of ISO 9001:2000. Additionally, we have full accreditation to ISO 14000 Environmental Standard and are a fully recognised Investor in People.
Toluene Hazards & Safety
As a flammable and vaporous solvent, should be taken when handling toluene. Toluene can cause damage to mechanical parts when added to engine fuel and should also not be mixed with nitric acid due to explosive results.
For a full list of hazards and label elements, please consult the material safety data sheet (MSDS) prior to use. Store toluene in a well-ventilated area, ideally with local fume extraction.