Chloroform (CHCl3)


As chloroform suppliers with over 40 years' experience, we have everything you need to know about this multifunctional solvent. We manufacture and supply chloroform to a range of businesses all over the world, and are internationally recognised for our commitment to provide high-quality products. Continue reading the information below to find out more about how you can buy this restricted product from us. +

What Is Chloroform?

Also known as trichloromethane, chloroform (CHCl3) is a colourless and dense chemical solution that is easily identified by its sweet smell. It is one of the four chloromethanes and has multiple laboratory and industrial uses. Most commonly, it is used as a precursor to PTFE (Teflon), but its other uses include:

  • As a solvent for NMR spectroscopy, fats, oils, rubbers, alkaloids, waxes, resins and much more
  • As a reagent in a variety of industries, such as the production of dichlorocarbene
  • As an anaesthetic up until the early 20th century
  • As an ingredient in pesticide formulations

Chloroform is considered a hazardous chemical and as such, it is a restricted product. While it is not available to order from our online shop, you can place your order over the phone by calling a member of technical sales team.

How Is Chloroform Produced?

The chloroform compound can be synthesised using several different routes. Historically, it was first prepared in 1831 by the chemist Eugene Souberain. He did this by mixing acetone and ethanol in the presence of calcium hypochlorite (bleach).

Nowadays, the process of chloroform production involves a mixture of chlorine (Cl2) and methane (CH4) at high temperatures. This is a progressive reaction in which precursors become more and more chlorinated in each step. The result is a mixture of four chloromethanes - CH3Cl, CH2Cl2, CHCL3 and CCl4 - which are further separated by distillation.

Cl2 + CH4 †’CH3Cl + HCl

Cl2 + CH3Cl †’CH2Cl2 + HCl

Cl2 + CH2Cl2 †’CHCl3 + HCl

Cl2 + CHCl3 †’CCl4 + HCl

Buy from Leading UK Suppliers

Because it is a restricted product, many people wonder where they can buy chloroform online. This is where we step in. ReAgent supplies chloroform in 2.5L and 25L containers as well as 200L drums for large-scale orders.

We offer discounts when you're buying in bulk as well as nationwide next-day delivery. Please note that as this is a restricted product, you will need to contact us directly to place your order.