Methylphosphonyl difluoride (DF), also known as EA-1251 or difluoro, is a chemical weapon precursor. Its chemical formula is CH3POF2. It is a Schedule 1 substance in the sense of the Chemical Weapons Convention. It is used for production of sarin and soman as a component of binary chemical weapons; an example is the M687 artillery shell, where it is used together with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and isopropyl amine, producing sarin.
|Preferred IUPAC name
Methylphosphonoyl difluoride, EA-1251
3D model (JSmol)
|MeSH||difluoride Methylphosphonic difluoride|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Density||1.359 g/mL (77°F)|
|Melting point||−37 °C; −35 °F; 236 K|
|Boiling point||100 °C; 212 °F; 373 K|
|Vapor pressure||36 mmHg (77°F)|
|Main hazards||Corrosive, toxic|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Methylphosphonyl difluoride is both reactive and corrosive. It is absorbed through skin and causes burns and mild nerve agent symptoms. It reacts with water producing HF fumes and methylphosphonic acid as a result. It is also capable of corroding glass.
Significance in International RelationsEdit
In 2013-2014, the stockpile of chemicals covered by the CWC was removed from Syria and destroyed. Of the stockpile, 581 tons (over 96%) of the stockpile was DF. It was destroyed by the U.S. Army on the MV Cape Ray by hydrolysis.
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