Agent Name

Luminol

CAS Number

521-31-3

Formula

C8-H7-N3-O2

Major Category

Dyes

Synonyms

1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, 3-amino-, cyclic hydrazide; 3-Aminophthalhydrazide; 3-Aminophthalic acid hydrazide; 3-Aminophthalic hydrazide; 5-Amino-2,3-dihydro-1,4-phthalazinedione; 1,4-Phthalazinedione, 5-amino-2,3-dihydro-; 3-Aminophthalylhydrazide; 5-Amino-1,2,3,4-tetrahydrophthalazine-1,4-dione; [ChemIDplus] o-Aminophthalylhydrazide; o-Aminophthaloyl hydrazide; [Merck Index] o-Aminophthalyl hydrazide; [CAMEO]

Category

Indicator Dyes

Description

Yellow or light beige solid; [CAMEO] Light yellow powder; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to detect copper, iron, peroxides, and cyanides--produces light when oxidized; [Merck Index] "Luminol (C8H7N3O2) is a versatile chemical that exhibits chemiluminescence, with a striking blue glow, when mixed with an appropriate oxidizing agent." [Wikipedia]

Comments

Acute oral lethal-dose > 500 mg/kg; [RTECS] A skin and strong eye irritant; [Sigma-Aldrich MSDS]

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