Determination of the bromine number in petroleum products and aliphatic olefins according to ASTM D1159


The bromine number is an important parameter for the determination of aliphatic C=C double bonds in petroleum products. The bromine number is usually determined using electrochemical titration at 5 °C, where the bromine is generated in situ from a bromide/bromate solution. For the titration, a solvent mixture of glacial acetic acid, methanol, and chloroform is used. In this Application Note, the toxic chloroform was replaced with diethyl carbonate.