Agent Name

2,6-Dinitrotoluene

CAS Number

606-20-2

Formula

C7-H6-N2-O4

Major Category

Nitrogen Compounds

Synonyms

1-Methyl-2,6-dinitrobenzene; 2,6-DNT; 2,6-Dinitromethylbenzene; 2-Methyl-1,3-dinitrobenzene; Benzene, 2-methyl-1,3-dinitro-; Toluene, 2,6-dinitro-; [ChemIDplus] UN3454; UN2038

Category

Nitros, Aromatic

Description

Yellow or brown to red solid; [ICSC] Pale yellow crystalline powder; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

Used to make TNT, urethane polymers, flexible and rigid foams, surface coatings, dyes, and other chemicals; Also used as a gelatinizing and waterproofing agent for explosives; [HSDB]

Comments

Can induce methemoglobinemia; May be toxic to human reproduction or development, based on animal studies; [ICSC] Comprises approximately 19% of technical grade dinitrotoluene; [HSDB] A mild skin sensitizer in guinea pigs; Evidence suggests that dinitrotoluene isomers can be significantly absorbed through human skin; [ToxPlanet: DOE] An irritant; Toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin absorption; May cause cancer; Possible hazard of impaired fertility and irreversible effects; [Alfa Aesar MSDS] See "Dinitrotoluene, all isomers."

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.000567 mm Hg

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 240 mg/m3/6hr

Explanatory Notes

Vapor Pressure = 0.018 mm Hg at 20 deg C; [NTP] The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Dinitrotoluenes, solid."

Adverse Effects
Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Reproductive Toxin

Yes

Methemoglobinemia

Methemoglobinemia, Secondary

IARC Carcinogen

Possible Carcinogen

ACGIH Carcinogen

Confirmed Animal

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