2,6-Lutidine is a liquid product and a semi-volatile compound naturally abundant in tobacco.  Its main applications is as reagent in pharmaceuticals and as a solvent in chemical processes.

It is produced by fractionation of crude pyridine base, which is in turn is obtained from coal tar.  The co-products are alpha-picoline, gamma-picoline, and 3,4-lutidine.  Another industrial process uses formaldehyde, acetone, and ammonia.

CAS no.108-48-5
EINECS no.203-587-3
Molecular formulaC7H9N
Molecular weight107.15

Applications in APIs

The dialkylated pyridine is a KRM for production of APIs:
Clopidol – a veterinary medicine, used as coccidiostat.
Cefpiramide acid – an antibiotic

Applications in Intermediates

Amongst many others, the following intermediates are synthesized from 2,6-lutidine:
Dipicolinic acid

Other Applications

As a sterically hindered mild base in organic syntheses
Used as food additive to impart nutty odor and flavor
Acts as an accelerator in vulcanization processes employed in dyes, rubber, and resin industries


AppearanceMonophase clear colorless liquid with no foreign impurities
SolubilitySoluble in methanol and cold water
Boiling point°C144-145
ColorAPHAMax 20
Moisture by KF%Max 0.2
Identification by IRIR spectrum of the sample to be concordant with standard spectrum
Purity by GC%Min 99.0

The product is stored at ambient temperature.

190 kg UN-approved HDPE drum.

REACH Status
Not registered yet.

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