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Term: Paraquat

Paraquat (Wikipedia)

Paraquat (trivial name; /ˈpærəkwɒt/), or N,N′-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium dichloride (systematic name), also known as methyl viologen, is an organic compound with the chemical formula [(C6H7N)2]Cl2. It is classified as a viologen, a family of redox-active heterocycles of similar structure. This salt is one of the most widely used herbicides. It is quick-acting and non-selective, killing green plant tissue on contact. It is also toxic (lethal) to human beings and animals due to its redox activity, which produces superoxide anions. It has been linked to the development of Parkinson's disease and is banned in several countries.

Preferred IUPAC name
1,1′-Dimethyl[4,4′-bipyridine]-1,1′-diium dichloride
Other names
Paraquat dichloride; Methyl viologen dichloride; Crisquat; Dexuron; Esgram; Gramuron; Ortho Paraquat CL; Para-col; Pillarxone; Tota-col; Toxer Total; PP148; Cyclone; Gramixel; Gramoxone; Pathclear; AH 501; Bai Cao Ku.
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.016.015 Edit this at Wikidata
  • InChI=1S/C12H14N2.2ClH/c1-13-7-3-11(4-8-13)12-5-9-14(2)10-6-12;;/h3-10H,1-2H3;2*1H/q+2;;/p-2 checkY
  • InChI=1/C12H14N2.2ClH/c1-13-7-3-11(4-8-13)12-5-9-14(2)10-6-12;;/h3-10H,1-2H3;2*1H/q+2;;/p-2/fC12H14N2.2Cl/h;2*1h/qm;2*-1
  • InChI=1/C12H14N2.2ClH/c1-13-7-3-11(4-8-13)12-5-9-14(2)10-6-12;;/h3-10H,1-2H3;2*1H/q+2;;/p-2
  • C[n+]1ccc(cc1)c2cc[n+](cc2)C.[Cl-].[Cl-]
Molar mass 257.16 g·mol−1
Appearance Yellow solid
Odor faint, ammonia-like
Density 1.25 g/cm3
Melting point 175 to 180 °C (347 to 356 °F; 448 to 453 K)
Boiling point > 300 °C (572 °F; 573 K)
Vapor pressure <0.0000001 mmHg (20 °C)
Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):
Main hazards
Toxic, environmental hazard
GHS labelling:
GHS06: Toxic GHS08: Health hazard GHS09: Environmental hazard
H301, H311, H315, H319, H330, H335, H372, H410
P260, P273, P280, P284, P301+P310, P305+P351+P338
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
57 mg/kg (rat, oral)
120 mg/kg (mouse, oral)
25 mg/kg (dog, oral)
22 mg/kg (guinea pig, oral)
3 mg/m3 (mouse, 30 min respirable dust)
3 mg/m3 (guinea pig, 30 min respirable dust)
1 mg/m3 (rat, respirable dust, 6 h)
6400 mg/m3 (rat, nonrespirable dust, 4 h)
NIOSH (US health exposure limits):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3 (resp) [skin]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 0.1 mg/m3 (resp) [skin]
IDLH (Immediate danger)
1 mg/m3
Safety data sheet (SDS) Aldrich MSDS
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).

Paraquat may be in the form of salt with chloride or other anions; quantities of the substance are sometimes expressed by cation mass alone (paraquat cation, paraquat ion).

The name is derived from the para positions of the quaternary nitrogens.

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