Molecule of the Week

Chloramine-T

September 5, 2011

Chloramine-T, the sodium salt of N-chloro-p-toluenesulfonamide, is an antibacterial agent and disinfectant that has been in use for more than a century. Its synthesis was first reported by F. D. Chattaway in 1905. In water, chloramine-T decomposes to release active chlorine, which acts as a biocide. The sulfonamide moiety’s action is similar to that of sulfa drugs.

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