What Are CPs?
Chlorinated Paraffins (CPs) are straight-chain hydrocarbons that have been chlorinated. Chlorinated paraffins are classified according to their carbon-chain length and percentage of chlorination, with carbon-chain lengths generally ranging from C10 to C30 and chlorination from approximately 35% to greater than 70% by weight. Chlorinated paraffins are made by chlorinating paraffin fractions obtained from petroleum distillation. The three most common commercial feedstocks used are paraffins with carbon number ranges of: Short-chain (C10-13), Intermediate-chain (C14-17) and
|Percent of Chlorination (by weight)
These hydrocarbons are reacted with chlorine resulting in chlorinated paraffins of different carbon chain lengths with varying degrees of chlorination. Thus chlorinated paraffins are a group of complex chemical substances. The general formula of CP is CxH(2x-y+2)Cly. The majority of CP products can be depicted in a 15-cell matrix, as shown above.
Last Reviewed - February 15, 2012