Bromination is a process where bromine atoms are added to molecules.
This can be done in the lab, but it can also happen naturally.
In this blog post, we will look at four structures of brominated toluene that were synthesized in the laboratory for research purposes.
These are just a few examples of how scientists use chemistry as an exploratory tool!
Toluene is a colorless and sometimes sweet-smelling chemical, which can be volatile.
It also has a low boiling point (about 147 °C) so it evaporates easily making it toxic when inhaled at high concentrations.
Toluene was first created by German chemists in 1837 to create an artificial form of camphor from turpentine oil.
In the early 1800s many people used this product as their main source for winter heating.
Because they had not yet discovered other ways to heat homes with fossil fuels such as coal or natural gas.
Today, however, we know that some brominated compounds are found naturally on our planet.
And others have been synthesized in laboratories for research purposes!