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1,2-Dichloroethane, also known as dichloroethane (EDC), with the chemical formula C2H4Cl2, is a man-made organic compound that does not naturally exist in the environment.
1,2-Dichloroethane is a transparent, colorless, flammable liquid at room temperature and pressure with a pleasant chloroform-like odor and sweetness.
It is relatively insoluble in water (8.6 × 103 mg/l at 25 °C), but soluble in various organic solvents, miscible with alcohol, chloroform and ether.
Its vapor as well as air can develop an eruptive mixture, which may cause burning and surge in case of high heat, open fire and also strong oxidant.
1,2-Dichloroethane is mainly made use of in the manufacture of plastic chloride, oxalic acid and also ethylenediamine, as well as can additionally be used as solvent, grain fumigant, cleaning agent, extractant, steel degreasing agent, etc.