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1,2-dibromoethane is widely used as a bromine source in organic synthesis. It is utilized as a fumigant for treatment of logs for termites and beetles, for control of moths in beehives. It finds the application to make vinyl bromide, a precursor to some fire retardants. It is used as an intermediate in the preparation of dyes and pharmaceuticals. It is also used as a lead scavenger in antiknock mixtures added to gasolines.
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Wu, H.; Yang, Y.; Sun, S.; Zhang, J.; Deng, L.; Zhang, S.; Jia, T.; Wang, Z.; Sun, Z. Concerted elimination of Br2+ resulting from the Coulomb explosion of 1,2-dibromoethane in an intense femtosecond laser field. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2014, 607, 70-74.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H301-H311-H331-H315-H319-H350-H335
Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause cancer. May cause respiratory irritation.
Obtain special instructions before use. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.