Benzyl Cyanide

TCC’s Benzyl Cyanide (abbreviated BnCN) is a toxic, colorless to pale yellow, oily, aromatic liquid organic compound that is produced by the reaction of benzyl chloride with sodium cyanide.

BnCN is an important intermediate for a variety of useful, and some dangerous, compounds. It is used in the production of phenobarbital, methylphenidate, and other amphetamines. For this reason, it is on the U. S. DEA List I of chemicals. It is also used to make methadone, pethidine and ketobemidone if further substituted.

Additionally BnCN is used in organic synthesis for dyes, perfume, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, especially penicillin precursors.

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TCC’s Benzyl Cyanide (BnCN), C6H5CH2CN, is used in organic synthesis for dyes, perfumes, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, especially penicillin precursors.

BnCN is an important intermediate for a variety of useful, and sometimes dangerous, compounds. It is used in the production of phenobarbital, methylphenidate, and other amphetamines. For this reason it is on the U.S. DEA List I of chemicals. It is also used to make methadone, pethidine, and ketobemidone if further substituted.

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Description

TCC’s Benzyl Cyanide (abbreviated BnCN) is a toxic, colorless to pale yellow aromatic liquid organic compound that is a precursor to several derivatives. Its chemical formula is C6H5CH2CN. It is produced by the reaction of benzyl chloride with sodium cyanide.

The compound’s most important reactions involve the “active methylene group”, which is readily functionalized following deprotonation.

BnCN is used in the production of phenobarbital and other amphetamines as well as in organic synthesis in other pharmaceutical and industrial applications.

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