Hexachlorophene Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Hexachlorophene Properties


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Hexachlorophene is a chlorinated bisphenol antiseptic with a bacteriostatic action against Gram-positive organisms, but much less effective against Gram-negative organisms. It is mainly used in soaps and creams and is an ingredient of various preparations used for skin disorders.It is a detergent cleanser, is an antibacterial sudsing emulsion for topical administration. It is a bacteriostatic cleansing agent. It cleanses the skin thoroughly and has bacteriostatic action against staphylococci and other gram-positive bacteria.Hexachlorophene primary mechanism of action of hexachlorophene, based on studies with Bacillus megatherium, is to inhibit the membrane-bound part of the electron transport chain, respiratory D-lactate dehydrogenase. It induces leakage, causes protoplast lysis, and inhibits respiration.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Off-white to purple powder
CAS Number 70-30-4
EINECS Number 200-733-8
IUPAC Name 2,2'-Methylenebis(3,4,6-trichlorophenol)
InChI 1S/C13H6Cl6O2/c14-6-2-8(16)12(20)4(10(6)18)1-5-11(19)7(15)3-9(17)13(5)21/h2-3,20-21H,1H2
Melting Point 163-165 °C
Molar Mass 406.902 g/mol
Molecular Formula C13H6Cl6O2
RTECS Number SM0700000
Synonyms Phenol,2,2'-methylenebis[3,4,6-trichloro]-;2,2',3,3',5,5'-Hexachloro-6,6'-dihydroxydiphenylmethane;Hexachlorophene;Hexafen;Hexophene;Nabac