C6H5CH3. Synthesized by extraction (using solvent) followed by purification of pyrolysis gasoline evolved from NCC process. Although it is a methyl-substituted benzene, the benzene ring is susceptible to electrophilic substitution due to the electron-donating methyl branch. Its 2,4,6-trinitro derivative (TNT; tri-nitro-toluene) is a well known explosive agent.
Uses: Caprilactam, TPA, Phenol, Polyurethane Explosive