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puriss. p.a., reag. ISO, reag. Ph. Eur., 99.0-99.4% (GC)

Methylidyne trichloride, Trichloromethane
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reag. ISO
reag. Ph. Eur.

vapor density

4.1 (vs air)

vapor pressure

160 mmHg ( 20 °C)


puriss. p.a.


99.0-99.4% (GC)




~1% ethanol as stabilizer


RNA extraction: suitable


≤0.00001% free chlorine (Cl)
≤0.00005% free acid (as HCl)
≤0.0005% non-volatile matter
≤0.005% aldehydes and ketones (as CH3COCH3)
≤0.005% carbonyl compounds (as CO)
≤0.01% tetrachloroethene (GC)
≤0.01% tetrachloromethane (GC)
≤0.01% trichloroethene (GC)
≤0.01% water (Karl Fischer)
≤0.03% dichloromethane (GC)
0.6-1.0% ethanol (GC)

refractive index

n20/D 1.445 (lit.)


60.5-61.5 °C (lit.)


−63 °C (lit.)


1.476-1.483 g/mL at 20 °C
1.492 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

anion traces

chloride (Cl-): ≤1 mg/kg

cation traces

Al: ≤0.5 mg/kg
B: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Ba: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Ca: ≤0.5 mg/kg
Cd: ≤0.05 mg/kg
Co: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Cr: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Cu: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Fe: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Mg: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Mn: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Ni: ≤0.02 mg/kg
Pb: ≤0.05 mg/kg
Sn: ≤0.1 mg/kg
Zn: ≤0.1 mg/kg

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complies for appearance
complies for reaction against H2SO4
complies for suitability of determ. w. dithizone



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General description

Chloroform, a halogenated hydrocarbon, is widely employed as a solvent. Its photochemical degradation has been investigated in the presence of TiO2 aqueous suspensions (wavelength range of 310-380nm).


Chloroform may be employed as a solvent for the following studies:
  • Extraction of RNA from plant cells.
  • Preparation of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) solution.
  • Dissolution of 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC).
It may be employed in a rapid quantitative method for the release of periplasmic proteins from bacterial strains.
Chloroform may be used as a solvent to enhance the enantioselectivity of secondary alcohols formed by the borohydride reduction of carbonyl compounds in the presence of optically active ketoiminatocobalt complexes.

Other Notes

For information on chloroform miscibility, please visit the following link:
Chloroform Miscibility/Immiscibility Table
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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 3 Inhalation - Acute Tox. 4 Oral - Aquatic Chronic 3 - Carc. 2 - Eye Irrit. 2 - Repr. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - STOT RE 1 - STOT SE 3

Target Organs

Central nervous system

Storage Class Code

6.1D - Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat.3 / toxic hazardous materials or hazardous materials causing chronic effects



Flash Point(F)

does not flash

Flash Point(C)

does not flash

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Chloroform is not solvent but activator for cobalt complex catalyst of enantioselective borohydride reduction.
Kokura, Ai, et al.
Chemistry Letters (Jpn), 36(1), 26-27 (2006)
Gurman Singh Pall et al.
Nucleic acids research, 35(8), e60-e60 (2007-04-05)
The northern blot, or RNA gel blot, is a widely used method for the discovery, validation and expression analysis of small regulatory RNA such as small interfering RNA (siRNA), microRNA (miRNA) and piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA). Although it is straightforward and
Z V Leonenko et al.
Biochimica et biophysica acta, 1509(1-2), 131-147 (2000-12-19)
We have used magnetic alternating current mode atomic force microscopy (MAC-AFM) to investigate the formation of supported phospholipid bilayers (SPB) by the method of vesicle fusion. The systems studied were dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) on mica and mica modified with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxy-silane (APTES)
Jameel A Feshitan et al.
Journal of colloid and interface science, 329(2), 316-324 (2008-10-28)
Microbubbles used as contrast agents for ultrasound imaging, vectors for targeted drug delivery and vehicles for metabolic gas transport require better size control for improved performance. Mechanical agitation is the only method currently available to produce microbubbles in sufficient yields
G F Ames et al.
Journal of bacteriology, 160(3), 1181-1183 (1984-12-01)
We introduce a method by which periplasmic proteins can be released rapidly, simply, and quantitatively by treating cells with chloroform. All the amino acid-binding proteins tested maintained their activity during chloroform treatment. This method makes practical the analysis of the

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