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Tetraoctadecylammonium bromide is used as a gelator for methyl methacrylate and styrene and the imprinting of mesoscopic channels. It acts as a phase transfer catalyst in organic synthesis. Further, it is used to print temporary hydrophobic barriers on carboxymethylated dextran hydrogels and to create a generic platform for protein microarray applications.
Cornwell, D. J.; Smith, D. K. Expanding the scope of gels-combining polymers with low-molecular-weight gelators to yield modified self-assembling smart materials with high-tech applications. Mater. Horiz. 2015, 2 (3), 279-293.
de la Mora, J. F. High-Resolution Mobility Analysis of Charge-Reduced Electrosprayed Protein Ions. Anal. Chem. 2015, 87 (7), 3729-3735.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P362-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. 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. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant