Nitrofen is an herbicide of the diphenyl ether class. Because of concerns about its carcinogenicity, the use of nitrofen has been banned in the European Union and in the United States since 1996.
Nitrophen; Nitrofene; 2,4-Dichlorophenyl 4-nitrophenyl ether
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||284.09 g·mol−1|
|Appearance||Colorless, crystalline solid|
|Density||1.80 g/cm3 at 83 °C|
|Melting point||64–71 °C (147–160 °F; 337–344 K) (technical)|
|0.7-1.2 mg/L at 22 °C|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
- Nitrofen, WHO/FAO Data Sheets on Pesticides, No. 84
- Banned pesticide in German grain, Pesticides News No. 57, September 2002, page 22
- Nitrofen data sheet, INCHEM WHO/FAO report, July 1996.
- Nitrofen scandal causes organic meat sales to dip, Just Food, October 2, 2002.
- Organic scandal halts Germany's green revolution, by John Hooper, The Guardian, June 12, 2002.
- IARC Monographs - Classifications - by Group