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Dicyclopentadiene is coproduced in large quantities in the steam cracking of naphtha and gas oils to ethylene. The major use is resins, particularly unsaturated polyester resins. It is also used in inks, adhesives, and paints. The top seven suppliers worldwide together had an annual capacity in 2001 of 395 million pounds (179 gigagrams).
When heated above 100 °C, dicyclopentadiene undergoes a retro-Diels-Alder reaction to yield cyclopentadiene, a compound important in both organic and inorganic chemistry. The reaction is reversible and at room temperature cyclopentadiene slowly dimerizes to reform dicyclopentadiene.
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