Bromine number in petroleum distillate – Ecological determination according to ASTM D1159 with toluene as solvent

The bromine number indicates the degree of unsaturation and relies on the simple addition of bromine to the double bonds of alkenes. One mole of bromine is consumed for each mole of carbon-carbon double (C=C) bond present in a substance. In petroleum products, the bromine number corresponds to the olefin content.


Normally, chlorinated solvents are used for the determination of the bromine number. In this Application Note they have been replaced by toluene. This makes the determination more ecological. The titration is performed automatically on an OMNIS system in combination with a double Pt-wire electrode. With this setup, a fast and accurate determination by potentiometric titration can be realized.