Analysis and determination of xylenes in the laboratory

You are looking to analyze xylene in your products...

Xylene, also known as dimethylbenzene or xylol, is an aromatic hydrocarbon derived from benzene.

It is a colourless, volatile, flammable liquid that emits an unpleasant odour at room temperature.

Xylene has three isomeric structures:

  • 1,2 – dimethylbenzene, also known as orthodimethylbenzene (o-xylene) ;
    1,3 – dimethylbenzene, also known as metadimethylbenzene (m-xylene);
    1,4 – dimethylbenzene or paradimethylbenzene (p-xylene).

The proportions of the different isomers – and of other constituents such as ethylbenzene – depend on the origin of the product, whether it is obtained by catalytic reforming or cracking, for example.

Xylene can be used in the following products :

  • Varnish solvent
  • Paints
  • In printing
  • Rubber manufacture
  • Leather
  • Cleaning
  • Plant protection products
  • Raw materials for the plastics industry
  • Additives for certain fuels

FILAB can help you analyse and measure xylenes using in-house methods

Equipped with a wide range of recent analytical equipment, the FILAB analysis laboratory offers you tailor-made support for xylene monitoring and analysis.

Some examples of services provided by FILAB :

  • Determination of residual xylene
  • Comparative analysis of xylene mixtures by GC-MS
  • Development and validation of customised methods for the determination of xylenes in a matrix
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