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4-Chlorobenzyl alcohol acts as a reagent for the protection of carboxyl groups as their 4-chlorobenzyl esters, more stable to acid than the corresponding benzyl esters. It is used as solvent in paint stripper and waterborne coatings. It acts as curing agent. It is also used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, preservatives, and flavoring & fragrance agents.
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Reagent for the protection of carboxyl groups as their 4-chlorobenzyl esters, more stable to acid than the corresponding benzyl esters: J. Org. Chem., 41, 2579 (1976).