CAS number 75-71-8 YesY
PubChem 6391
ChemSpider 6151 YesY
EC number 200-893-9
UN number 1028
KEGG D03789 YesY
RTECS number PA8200000
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula CCl2F2
Molar mass 120.91 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless gas with ether-like odor
Density 1.486 g/cm³ (−29.8 °C)
Melting point

-157.7 °C, 115 K, -252 °F

Boiling point

-29.8 °C, 243 K, -22 °F

Solubility in water 0.286 g/l at 20 °C
log P 2.16
Vapor pressure 568 kPa (20 °C)
kH 0.0025 mol kg-1 bar-1
MSDS External MSDS
EU Index Not listed
Main hazards Damaging to Earth's protective ozone
Flash point Non-flammable
Supplementary data page
Structure and
n, εr, etc.
Phase behaviour
Solid, liquid, gas
Spectral data UV, IR, NMR, MS
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Infobox references

Dichlorodifluoromethane (R-12), is a colorless gas, and usually sold under the brand name Freon-12, is a chlorofluorocarbon halomethane (CFC), used as a refrigerant and aerosol spray propellant. Complying with the Montreal Protocol, its manufacture was banned in the United States along with many other countries in 1994 due to concerns about damage to the ozone layer.[1] It is soluble in many organic solvents.


Use as an aerosol

The use of chlorofluorocarbons as an aerosol in medicine, for example: USP-approved salbutamol, has been phased out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The use of a different propellant known as hydrofluoroalkane, or HFA, which does not harm the environment has been chosen as the replacement.[2]


R-12 was used in most refrigeration and vehicle air conditioning applications prior to 1994 before being replaced by R-134a, which has a lower ozone depletion potential. When older units leak, retrofits to (1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane) are recommended. Retrofits to R-134a require complete flushing and filter/dryer replacement to remove the mineral oil. Mineral oil used for R12 is not compatible with R-134a. Some oils designed for conversion to R-134a are advertised as compatible with residual R-12. New rubber hoses which are R-134a compatible may be needed for the same reason.

In systems where R-134a is not practical, a R-409A blend (60% R-22; 25% R-124; 15% R-142b) may be directly added to an R-12 system without oil change although a filter change is always recommended. R-409A usually runs on the low-pressure side of the system at 12 pounds per square inch (psi), while R-12 usually runs on the low side at 10 psi. R-409A runs at higher pressures and is less efficient but works quite well. Manufacturer recommends that existing R-12 charge should be recovered. However, as the two refrigerants are soluble in the same mineral oil there are no complications associated with mixing them.



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