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1,4-Naphthoquinone is used as a strong dienophile in Diels-Alder reaction. It is also used as a precursor to anthroquinone and 5-nitro-1,4-naphthalenedione, which finds application in the preparation of aminoanthroquinone and is also used as a dye precursor. It is a basic component of Vitamin K.
Sarkar, S. K.; Sawai, A.; Kanahara, K.; Wentrup, C.; Abe, M.; Gudmundsdottir, A. D. Direct Detection of a Triplet Vinylnitrene, 1,4-Naphthoquinone-2-ylnitrene, in Solution and Cryogenic Matrices. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (12), 4207-4214.
Sawama, Y.; Kawajiri, T.; Asai, S.; Yasukawa, N.; Shishido, Y.; Monguchi, Y.; Sajiki, H. Biarylmethane and Fused Heterocyclic Arene Synthesis via in Situ Generated o- and/or p-NaphthoquinoneMethides. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80 (11), 5556-5565.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H301-H311-H330-H315-H319-H317-H335
Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Fatal if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May cause respiratory irritation.
IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Specific treatment is urgent (see label). Rinse mouth. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.