Stereo, skeletal formula of 1,1-dibromoethane with all explicit hydrogens added
Spacefill model of 1,1-dibromoethane
Bond and Stick model of 1,1-dibromoethane
Preferred IUPAC name
3D model (JSmol)
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EC Number
  • 209-184-9
RTECS number
  • KH9000000
  • InChI=1S/C2H4Br2/c1-2(3)4/h2H,1H3 checkY
  • CC(Br)Br
Molar mass 187.862 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Melting point −63.0 °C; −81.3 °F; 210.2 K
Boiling point 108.1 °C; 226.5 °F; 381.2 K
3.4 g/L (25 °C)
Solubility soluble in ether, ethanol, acetone,and benzene
slight soluble chloroform
log P 1.9 (estimated)
1.51277 (at 20 °C)
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GHS Signal word Danger
H301, H311, H315, H319, H331
P261, P264, P270, P271, P280, P311, P312, P321, P322, P330, P361, P362, P363, P405, P501
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flash point > 93 °C (199 °F; 366 K)
Related compounds
Related alkanes
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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1,1-Dibromoethane is a clear, slightly brown, flammable chemical compound.[3] It is classified as the organobromine compound, and has the chemical formula C2H4Br2[4] and it is a position isomer of 1,2-dibromoethane. It is commonly seen in industrial chemistry, where it is used as a fuel additive.[5] It is also used as a grain and soil fumigant for insect control.[6]


1,1-Dibromoethane is synthesized through addition of hydrogen bromide onto vinyl bromide with absence of peroxide radical.[7]

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1,1-Dibromoethane is considered as a mild toxic compound, especially with bromines attached as substituents. Bromines on the ethane are strong oxidizing agents. If absorbed through inhalation, 1,1-dibromoethane could potentially cause neuronal effects, tissue damage, and bromism.[8]


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