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2-Nitropropane (2-NP) is a solvent. It is a colorless liquid and is classified as a nitro compound.
2-NP is produced by the high-temperature vapor-phase nitration of propane, usually with impurities of 1-nitropropane. 2-NP is also produced as a volatile by-product that can be captured during Leonard's ring-closure hydantoin preparation
2-NP is used primarily as a solvent and chemical intermediate. It is used in inks, paints, adhesives, varnishes, polymers, resins, fuel, and coatings.
2-NP is also used as a feedstock for other industrial chemicals.
2-NP has uses in the synthesis of phentermine, chlorphentermine, as well as in the synthesis of Teclozan, etc.
Based on studies in animals, 2-NP is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and it is listed as an IARC Group 2B carcinogen.