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Benzoyl peroxide is widely utilized as a radical initiator to induce polymerizations. It finds applications for acne treatment, for bleaching flour, hair and teeth and for cross-linking polyester resins. It also has major applications in antiseptic and bleaching properties. It serves as a catalyst for polyester thermoset resins and as a hardener to start the polymerization process.
Free-radical initiator for a wide variety of homolytic reactions, e.g. halogenations with bromine or NBS.
Semsarzadeh, M. A.; Alamdari, P. Co(acac)2 mediated controlled radical copolymerization of vinyl acetate and methyl acrylate initiated by benzoyl peroxide. Macromol. Res. 2015, 23 (2), 139-144.
Gollnick, H. P. M.; Friedrich, M.; Peschen, M.; Pettker, R.; Pier, A.; Jostingmeyer, V. S.; Porombka, D.; Pulido, R.; Jackel, A. Safety and efficacy of adapalene 0.1% / benzoyl peroxide 2.5% in the long-term treatment of predominantly moderate acne with or without concomitant medication - results from the non-interventional cohort study ELANG. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2015, 29 (4), 15-22.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H242-H319-H317
Heating may cause a fire. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction.