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What is Adiponitrile?

It is a chemical used chiefly in the manufacture of Hexamethylene Diamine, which is used widely to prepare nylon.


The CAS No. of this compound is 111-69-3.

Adiponitrile Formula

The formula of this compound is NC(CH2)4(CN).

Adiponitrile Synonyms

This compound is also known by other names like:

  • 1,4-Dicyanobutane (Adiponitrile), 99%
  • Hexanedinitrile
  • Tetramethylene dicyanide

Adiponitrile Molecular Formula

The molecular formula of this chemical is C6H8N2.

Adiponitrile Molecular Weight

The molecular weight of this chemical is 108.141 g/mol.

Adiponitrile Physical Properties

Know about some of the main physical and chemical properties of this compound.

Phase : It can be found in a liquid form at STP (standard temperature and pressure).

Appearance : It appears as clear, colorless liquid.

Odor : It is odorless.

Melting Point : 2°C.

Boiling Point : 295°C.

Density : 0.951 g/cm3.

Vapor Pressure : 0.009998 mmHg.

Structure Diagram

Following is the diagram of the structure of this compound:

Adiponitrile Picture
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Adiponitrile Production

The electrohydrodimerization of Acrylonitrile (ACN) to Adiponitrile is a widely used electro-organic process for the preparation of this compounds. It can be produced by direct electrochemical hydrodimerization of Acrylonitrile in a medium that contains the compound along with electrolyte salt and water. The medium is passed through pairs of electrodes that are 0.05 to 2 mm. apart.

These days, cadmium cathodes and steel anodes are used in a bipolar cell without membranes. Two-phase recirculating aqueous emulsion of ACN, ADN, a bisquaternary salt (hexamethylene(bisethyltributyl)ammonium phosphate), phosphate buffer, anode anticorrosion additives, borax and EDTA is also deployed.  The process of preparation is conducted at a temperature of 55oC (131oF) and density of 2 kA/ A portion of the organic phase is continuously removed from the emulsion reservoir for separating the product. The aqueous phase also receives a continuous treatment to avoid organic byproducts and metallic salts accumulating from oxidation of electrode.

This chemical can also be produced from Butadiene. The Butadiene method was pioneered by DuPont and uses natural gas, which makes it sensitive to price fluctuations in natural gas. The Acrylonitrile method uses propylene and is subjected to fluctuation in the price of Propylene.

Adiponitrile Uses

This chemical is an important intermediate for the manufacture of synthetic fiber. It is used almost exclusively to make Hexamethylene Diamine (HMDA), of which 92% is used to make nylon 6,6 fibres and resins.

Adiponitrile RTECS No : AV2625000.

Adiponitrile Flash Point : 110°C.

Autoignition Point : 550°C.

Refractive Index : 1.438.

Thermodynamic Data at STP

Following are some important thermodynamic data of this chemical at STP

  • Specific Heat Capacity at liquid state: 1.19 j/(qk)
  • Specific Heat Vaporization: 0.704 kj/q
  • Specific Heat of Combustion: 40.4 kj/q
  • Critical Temperature: 780 K
  • Critical Pressure: 2.8 MPa

Adiponitrile MSDS

The material safety data sheet for Adiponitrile is as follows:

Fire Fighting

This substance can start a fire and generate irritating or highly toxic gases. Flammable Hydrogen gas may be generated on its contact with metals.

For small fires, dry chemical, Carbon Dioxide, or water spray may be used. For large fires, alcohol-resistant foam can also be used.

Health Hazards

It is harmful if inhaled or swallowed. It causes irritation of the eye, skin and respiratory tract. Its absorption into the body may cause Cyanosis, a bluish coloration of skin due to deficient blood oxygenation. On inhalation, it can cause respiratory tract irritation. It can lead to anoxia, marked by symptoms that can range from mild to acute. These include problems like

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Collapse
  • Convulsion

In worse cases, individuals may enter into coma and even die afterwards.

Its long-term (chronic) health complications can be in the form of Cyanosis, Acidosis and quick shallow breathing.

First Aid

In case of exposure to eyes, the victim should flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while occasionally lifting upper and lower eye lids. He or she should seek immediate medical help.

In case of skin contact, skin should be splashed with enough water for the same duration. Contaminated clothes and shoes should also be removed and kept away. Seek medical help. Clothes should be washed before reuse.

In case of inhalation, the victim should immediately move to a fresh, airy place. If the victim is not breathing, he or she should be given artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, the victim should be provided with artificial oxygen. Immediate medical help should be sought. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should not be used.

Physicians treat such patients symptomatically and supportively.

Handling Precautions

Users should wash their hands thoroughly after handling this material. Contact with eyes, skin and clothes should be avoided. Empty containers that retain residues of the product can be dangerous.

Containers should be kept tightly closed and away from ignition sources. Ingestion and inhalation should be avoided. The material should be used under adequate ventilation. Empty containers should not be pressurized, cut, welded, brazed, soldered, drilled, grinded, or exposed to ignition sources.

Containers should be stored away from ignition sources as well as from acids.

People using this material should work with appropriate protective eye glasses, gloves and clothing. If exposure limit exceeds or if irritation or other symptoms are experienced, appropriate respirators should be used.

Safety Facilities

All plants using this substance should be equipped with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Adequate ventilation should also be there to keep airborne concentrations low.



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