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IUPAC name Azepan-2-one
Other names ε-Caprolactam, 1-Aza-2-cycloheptanone, 2-Azacycloheptanone, Capron PK4, Cyclohexanone iso-oxime, Extrom 6N, Hexahydro-2-azepinone, Hexahydro-2H-azepin-2-one (9CI), Hexanolactame
CAS number 105-60-2
EINECS number 203-313-2
Molecular formula C6H11NO
Molar mass 113,16 g/mol
Density 1,01 g/cm3
Melting point

68 °C

Boiling point

136-138 °C

Solubility in water 4560 g/l
R-phrases R20, R22, R36/37/38
Flash point 125 °C
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox disclaimer and references

Caprolactam is an organic compound which is a cyclic amide (or lactam).

Additional recommended knowledge

The primary industrial use of caprolactam is as a monomer in the production of nylon-6. Most of the caprolactam is synthesised from cyclohexane via an oximation process using hydroxylammonium_sulfate followed by catalytic rearrangement using the Beckmann rearrangement process step.

Major worldwide producers include : BASF, Honeywell, DSM (Dutch State Mines),Bayer, Toray and Sumitomo/Enichem.

Caprolactam is an irritant and is toxic by ingestion, inhalation, or absorption through the skin.

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