Agent Name

Phenanthrene

CAS Number

85-01-8

Formula

C14-H10

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Phenanthren [German]; Phenanthrin; Ravatite; Coal tar pitch volatiles: phenanthrene; [ChemIDplus] UN3077

Category

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Description

Colorless solid; [Hawley] Faint aromatic odor; solutions exhibit a blue fluorescence; [CAMEO] White solid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used to make dyestuffs, explosives, phenanthrenequinone, and drugs; [Hawley]

Comments

Danger of skin sensitization; [MAK] May cause skin photosensitization; [Merck Index] An irritant; Effects in high-dose animal studies include abnormal liver function tests; [MSDSonline] See "POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS."

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.000121 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 171 deg C; [HSDB] The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Environmentally hazardous substances, solid, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Dermatotoxin

Contact Dermatitis, Photoirritant

IARC Carcinogen

Not Classifiable

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