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Benzyl cyanide


Benzyl cyanide (synonyms include: phenylacetonitrile and α-tolunitrile) is an organic compound bearing the chemical formula C8H7N and the CAS No.: 140-29-4. It is a colorless oily liquid with an aromatic odor, and is consider to be poisonous. Benzyl cyanide can cause burns to the skin and eyes, and may be fatal if inhaled or swallowed. It may also produce hydrogen cyanide when burned.


Benzyl cyanide is an intermediate to the production of phenobarbital, methylphenidate, and many amphetamines, and thus is on the DEA List I of chemicals.

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