Nitrobenzene for Commercial Applications

Nitrobenzene (NB) is a pale yellow liquid with an odor similar to bitter almonds. While most nitrobenzene is used in the production of anilines, it also has a range of other uses.

Nitrobenzene can be used:

  • To produce lubricants for motors and other machinery
  • As an inexpensive perfuming agent or deodorizer to mask the harsh odors of solvents and polishes
  • In the manufacture of synthetic rubber, dyes, and drugs such as acetaminophen

In agricultural applications, it is used as a pesticide and has shown promise as a plant growth and flowering stimulant.