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Creation Date2014-10-14 21:19:36 UTC
Update Date2016-11-09 01:09:15 UTC
Accession NumberCHEM003938
Common NameAniline
ClassSmall Molecule
DescriptionAniline is an organic chemical compound, specifically a primary aromatic amine. It consists of a benzene ring attached to an amino group. Aniline is oily and, although colorless, it can be slowly oxidized and resinified in air to form impurities which can give it a red-brown tint. Its boiling point is 184 degree centigrade and its melting point is -6 degree centegrade. It is a liquid at room temperature. Like most volatile amines, it possesses a somewhat unpleasant odour of rotten fish, and also has a burning aromatic taste; it is a highly acrid poison. It ignites readily, burning with a large smoky flame. Aniline reacts with strong acids to form salts containing the anilinium (or phenylammonium) ion (C6H5-NH3+), and reacts with acyl halides (such as acetyl chloride (ethanoyl chloride), CH3COCl) to form amides. The amides formed from aniline are sometimes called anilides, for example CH3-CO-NH-C6H5 is acetanilide, for which the modern name is N-phenyl ethanamide. Like phenols, aniline derivatives are highly reactive in electrophilic substitution reactions. For example, sulfonation of aniline produces sulfanilic acid, which can be converted to sulfanilamide. Sulfanilamide is one of the sulfa drugs which were widely used as antibacterial in the early 20th century. Aniline was first isolated from the destructive distillation of indigo in 1826 by Otto Unverdorben. In 1834, Friedrich Runge isolated from coal tar a substance which produced a beautiful blue color on treatment with chloride of lime; this he named kyanol or cyanol. In 1841, C. J. Fritzsche showed that by treating indigo with caustic potash it yielded an oil, which he named aniline, from the specific name of one of the indigo-yielding plants, Indigofera anil, anil being derived from the Sanskrit, dark-blue.
Contaminant Sources
  • Clean Air Act Chemicals
  • FooDB Chemicals
  • HMDB Contaminants - Urine
  • HPV EPA Chemicals
  • IARC Carcinogens Group 3
  • My Exposome Chemicals
  • OECD HPV Chemicals
  • STOFF IDENT Compounds
  • T3DB toxins
  • ToxCast & Tox21 Chemicals
Contaminant Type
  • Carcinogen
  • Dye
  • Industrial/Workplace Toxin
  • Metabolite
  • Synthetic Compound
Chemical Structure
Aniline hydrobromideHMDB
Aniline reagentHMDB
Aniline diphosphate (3:1)HMDB
Aniline hydrogen iodideHMDB
Aniline phosphate (1:2)HMDB
Aniline phosphate (2:1)HMDB
Aniline sulfateHMDB
Aniline, 3-(13)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline aluminium saltHMDB
Aniline diphosphate (4:1)HMDB
Aniline hydrochloride-(15)N-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline hydrofluorideHMDB
Aniline monosulfateHMDB
Aniline nitrateHMDB
Aniline sulfate (2:1)HMDB
Aniline, 2-(13)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, conjugate acidHMDB
Aniline, sodium saltHMDB
Aniline dihydrofluorideHMDB
Aniline diphosphate (1:1)HMDB
Aniline hydrochlorideHMDB
Aniline hydrochloride-(14)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline perchlorateHMDB
Aniline phosphonate (1:1)HMDB
Aniline, (13)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, (14)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, 4-(13)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, ion(1+)HMDB
Aniline, monolithium saltHMDB
Aniline phosphate (1:1)HMDB
Aniline sulfate (2:1), (14)C-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, 15N-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, 3H-labeled CPDHMDB
Aniline, magnesium (1:1) saltHMDB
Chemical FormulaC6H7N
Average Molecular Mass93.127 g/mol
Monoisotopic Mass93.058 g/mol
CAS Registry Number62-53-3
IUPAC Nameaniline
Traditional Nameaniline
InChI IdentifierInChI=1S/C6H7N/c7-6-4-2-1-3-5-6/h1-5H,7H2
Chemical Taxonomy
Description belongs to the class of organic compounds known as aniline and substituted anilines. These are organic compounds containing an aminobenzene moiety.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassBenzenoids
ClassBenzene and substituted derivatives
Sub ClassAniline and substituted anilines
Direct ParentAniline and substituted anilines
Alternative Parents
  • Aniline or substituted anilines
  • Organic nitrogen compound
  • Organopnictogen compound
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Primary amine
  • Organonitrogen compound
  • Amine
  • Aromatic homomonocyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAromatic homomonocyclic compounds
External Descriptors
Biological Properties
StatusDetected and Not Quantified
Cellular LocationsNot Available
Biofluid LocationsNot Available
Tissue Locations
  • Bladder
  • Epidermis
  • Prostate
  • Spleen
PathwaysNot Available
ApplicationsNot Available
Biological RolesNot Available
Chemical RolesNot Available
Physical Properties
AppearanceNot Available
Experimental Properties
Melting Point-6 °C
Boiling Point245 C
Solubility36 mg/mL at 25 °C
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility18 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Basic)4.64ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count1ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area26.02 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count0ChemAxon
Refractivity30.76 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability10.29 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings1ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MSsplash10-0006-9000000000-62eb000567821fbe8a22View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-00kf-9000000000-9a543eee5081cc927e82View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-0006-9000000000-e04550d3cafee77e6192View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-0006-9000000000-b4213ef5f8ee4a3df612View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOFsplash10-0udi-1900000000-b5d970641bbe63fdb366View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-00kf-9000000000-9a543eee5081cc927e82View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-0006-9000000000-e04550d3cafee77e6192View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - EI-Bsplash10-0006-9000000000-b4213ef5f8ee4a3df612View in MoNA
GC-MSGC-MS Spectrum - GC-EI-TOFsplash10-0udi-1900000000-b5d970641bbe63fdb366View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - , negativesplash10-00di-0900000000-ed34a4f0bafc3ce06174View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 10V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0006-9000000000-a23bad3a5415210b8e58View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 25V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-004i-9000000000-129ed2147aba87164399View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - Quattro_QQQ 40V, Positive (Annotated)splash10-0udi-9000000000-9e60a29bae11a3beb396View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - EI-B (HITACHI RMU-7M) , Positivesplash10-00kf-9000000000-8e5e6fec72fd720bd3bbView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - EI-B (HITACHI RMU-6L) , Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-e04550d3cafee77e6192View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-4a2ea8998eab06e3b7faView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Positivesplash10-002f-9000000000-041fc0d729e6308b36ecView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Positivesplash10-004i-9000000000-c0f67277e0af76d5d6e1View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 40V, Positivesplash10-0fb9-9000000000-35b2093eb2c81ba07d17View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 50V, Positivesplash10-004i-9000000000-15d86b7cf94658003a7cView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 10V, Positivesplash10-03di-9000000000-fc34fd188d386065c4f5View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 20V, Positivesplash10-03dl-9000000000-fbed3991af3afeea3a79View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 30V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-0bea53746f5bc30ab770View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 40V, Positivesplash10-0007-9000000000-971619ea8bd73637ba14View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ (API3000, Applied Biosystems) 50V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-2001822055db683e8999View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QTOF (UPLC Q-Tof Premier, Waters) , Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-a5bc25b5010f2044b435View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QTOF (UPLC Q-Tof Premier, Waters) 30V, Positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-8ab282b725391b0d9923View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-0006-9000000000-4a2ea8998eab06e3b7faView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-002f-9000000000-041fc0d729e6308b36ecView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-004i-9000000000-c0f67277e0af76d5d6e1View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-0fb9-9000000000-35b2093eb2c81ba07d17View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-004i-9000000000-15d86b7cf94658003a7cView in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-03di-9000000000-fc34fd188d386065c4f5View in MoNA
LC-MS/MSLC-MS/MS Spectrum - LC-ESI-QQ , positivesplash10-03dl-9000000000-fbed3991af3afeea3a79View in MoNA
MSMass Spectrum (Electron Ionization)splash10-00kf-9000000000-4ba5d22a406245826ca0View in MoNA
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR1H NMR SpectrumNot Available
1D NMR13C NMR SpectrumNot Available
2D NMR[1H,13C] 2D NMR SpectrumNot Available
Toxicity Profile
Route of ExposureToxic by ingestion and a skin and eye irritant.
Mechanism of ToxicityAniline induces lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation in the spleen and that oxidative stress plays a role in the splenic toxicity of aniline. The hematopoietic system is the primary target of aniline insult in rats which is characterized by methemoglobinemia, hemolysis, and hemolytic anemia and by the development of splenic hyperplasia, siderosis, fibrosis, a variety of sarcomas, and, most commonly, fibrosarcomas on prolonged exposure. Many of the characteristics of splenotoxicity in rats, such as hyperplasia, hyperpigmentation, and/or formation of highly malignant tumors such as fibrosarcomas, are not restricted to aniline exposure, but also occur when animals are exposed to substituted anilines such as chloroaniline. Studies with aniline hydrochloride in rats indicate an association between erythrocyte damage and the severity of the splenotoxicity. Since one of the major functions of the spleen is to remove damaged erythrocytes, aniline-damaged erythrocytes would be expected to be scavenged by the spleen, especially by phagocytes. The deposition and subsequent breakdown of damaged erythrocytes will not only release aniline and/or its metabolites, but, most importantly, will also result in accumulation of iron in the spleen which may catalyze the generation of tissue-damaging oxygen radicals which can subsequently cause oxidation of biomolecules and result in lipid peroxidation and protein oxidation. It is also possible that during the scavenging of damaged erythrocytes, the splenic phagocytes, especially macrophages themselves, can become activated and release reactive oxygen species (ROS) which could further contribute to the oxidation of biomolecules leading to tissue injury. (14)
MetabolismNot Available
Toxicity ValuesNot Available
Lethal DoseNot Available
Carcinogenicity (IARC Classification)3, not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans. (15)
Uses/SourcesNot Available
Minimum Risk LevelNot Available
Health EffectsNot Available
SymptomsAniline-induced splenic toxicity is characterized by hemorrhage, capsular hyperplasia, fibrosis, and a variety of sarcomas in rats.
TreatmentNot Available
Not Available
DrugBank IDDB06728
FooDB IDFDB003571
Phenol Explorer IDNot Available
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
BiGG IDNot Available
PDB IDNot Available
Wikipedia LinkAniline
Chemspider ID5889
ChEBI ID17296
PubChem Compound ID6115
Kegg Compound IDC00292
YMDB IDNot Available
Synthesis Reference

Michel Dury, “Method for preparing 2-trifluoro-methoxy-aniline.” U.S. Patent US6121492, issued 0000.

MSDSNot Available
General References
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