Dichloroacetic acid is an organochlorine compound and a corrosive liquid with ammoniacal odor. Its natural occurrence is in seaweeds.
The compound is a versatile chemical reagent. It also possesses medicinal properties and is used as such to treat lactic acidosis, whereby it stems production of lactic acid. It is also employed as a disinfectant.
Dichloroacetic acid is commercially produced as a by-product in chlorination of acetic acid, the main product being chloroacetic acid.
|Medicinal||As an astringent.|
Its salts are used as drugs in inhibition of the enzyme Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase.
|Pharmaceutical||Dichloroacetic acid forms a starting raw material in the manufacture of API Chloramphenicol.|
|Agrochemical||The dihalogenated acid is a key intermediate in production of the herbicide Dichlormid.|
|Other Vital||The compound acts as a detritylation agent in nucleic acid syntheses. |
It also finds application in peptide production.
|Appearance||–||Clear colorless to light yellow liquid|
|Water by KF||% w/w||Max 0.05|
|Assay by titration||%||Min 99.0|
|Assay by derivative GC||%||Min 99.0|
|Impurities by GC:|
|1. Chloroacetic acid||%||Max 1.0|
|2. Trichloroacetic acid||%||Max 1.0|
Product is stored at ambient temperature.
40 kg & 250 kg HDPE drums.
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