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Acetonitrile, also known as MeCN (methyl cyanide), is the simplest organic nitrile. It is widely used as a solvent in life sciences, petrochemicals and in the purification of biologics.



A clear, colorless liquid.

Physical Properties

Empirical FormulaC2H3N
Structural Formula CH3CN
Molecular Wt.41.05
Sp. Gr. at 20ºC0.775-0.785
Refractive Index 20ºC1.452-1.454
Boiling Point81.6°C
Freezing PointBelow -45°C
Solubility in waterSoluble
Flash Point (closed cup)2°C


Purity by GC (wt. %)99.9% min.
AppearanceClear Colorless
Color (APHA max.)10
Specific Gravity @ 20 degree C0.780 to 0.785
Water by K.F. (wt. %)0.05% max.
Acetone by GC (ppm) (wt %)0.005% max.
Free Ammonia (ppm) (wt %)0.0006% max.
Propionitrile (ppm) (wt %)0.03% max.
Acrylonitrile by GC (ppm) (wt %)ND
Acidity (as Acetic Acid) (wt. %)0.05% max.
  • IMDG Class3
  • HSN Code2926.90.00
  • CAS No.75-05-8


  • applications
    Pharmaceuticals, Agro Chemicals and Perfumery

    As a solvent and chemical intermediate.

  • applications
    Laboratory Chemicals

    In high pressure liquid chromatographic analysis.

  • applications

    Component of transition-metal complex catalyst.

  • applications
    Biochemical Synthesis

    As a solvent in synthesis of vitamin A, vitamin B1 and amino acids.


  • Can be stored in a safe manner in closed containers for a long period. Avoid contact with copper and its alloys. Acetonitrile drums should be stored in a cool and well ventilated area, away from sources of ignition.

Health & Safety

  • Acetonitrile is irritating to skin, eyes and the mucous membrane.
  • In case of contact, the affected area is to be washed with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
  • In case of inhalation, the victim should be moved to fresh air and oxygen should be administered.
  • In case of ingestion, the victim should be made to consume copious quantities of milk and water.
  • Medical advice should be sought at once.


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