PCBTF a “Green” Alternative Solvent

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PCBTF a “Green” Alternative Solvent

April 14, 2015

Parachlorobenzotrifluoride or more commonly known as PCBTF is a fairly new “green” solvent. PCBTF can be a great alternative to the traditional industrial solvents while providing the same results.


  • Molecular formula: C7H4ClF3
  • Molar mass: 180.56 g/mol
  • Appearance: Colorless liquid
  • Melting point: −36 °C; −33 °F; 237 K
  • Boiling point: 139 °C; 282 °F; 412 K
  • Solubility in water: 0
  • Vapor pressure: 7.9
  • kH: 0.0347
  • Flash point: 43 °C; 109 °F; 316 K

With a higher flashpoint than both methyl acetate and acetone this allows it to be used in a lower quantity than most of your traditional solvents. PCBTF’s benefits allow it to cover a wide-range of applications including the manufacture of printing inks, cleaners, degreasing agents, aerosols, paints, adhesives, caulks, epoxies, and urethanes. Also being a VOC exempt solvent it’s very beneficial to any coating company looking to reduce their VOC’s. PCBTF is currently exempt from the EPA’s Clean Air Act Regulation as well.

PCBTF is no longer produced in the United States but imported in growing amounts every year. With its many uses and benefits PCBTF can provide long term solutions to enhance your new or existing products.