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1,4-Dichlorobut-2-ene molecule
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3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.003.437
EC Number 203-779-7
UN number 2920 2927 2922
Molar mass 124.99 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 1.13 g/mL
Melting point 1 °C (34 °F; 274 K)
Boiling point 125.5 °C (257.9 °F; 398.6 K)
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H350, H330, H311, H301, H314, H410
P201, P202, P210, P233, P240, P241, P242, P243, P260, P264, P270, P271, P273, P280, P281, P284, P301+310, P301+330+331, P302+352, P303+361+353, P304+340, P305+351+338, P307+311, P308+313, P310
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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1,4-Dichlorobut-2-ene is a chlorinated butene. It is an intermediate in the industrial production of chloroprene, and the main impurity in technical grade chloroprene.[2] The (E)-isomer is also one of the starting materials for Birman's total synthesis of the poriferic natural product sceptrin.[3]

Production of chloroprene[edit]

Chloroprene is a monomer for the production of synthetic rubbers such as Neoprene. It is produced from butadiene in a three-step process. The first step is the liquid- or vapour-phase chlorination of butadiene to a mixture of 3,4-dichlorobut-1-ene and 1,4-dichlorobut-2-ene (both isomers). In the second step, the mixture of 1,4-dichlorobut-2-ene and 3,4-dichlorobut-1-ene is isomerized to pure 3,4-dichlorobut-1-ene by heating to temperatures of 60–120 °C in the presence of a catalyst. Finally, dehydrochlorination (elimination of hydrogen chloride) of 3,4-dichlorobut-1-ene with dilute sodium hydroxide solution in the presence of polymerization inhibitors gives crude chloroprene.[4]


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