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Triphenylmethanol is used as a reagent in the research laboratory. It acts as an intermediate in the production of the commercially useful triarylmethane dyes. It is used in the preparation of triphenylmethane. It is also used as an antiproliferative agent. Further, it is used in the preparation of two-electron reduction product of pyrylogen. In addition to this, it reacts with triphenylphosphine oxide to form a 1:1 molecular complex. It serves as a specific clathrate host for methanol and dimethyl sulphoxide and forms clathrate inclusion complexes.
Protection of thiols, such as cysteine residues in peptide synthesis, as their S-trityl derivatives can be accomplished in high yield in TFA. Cleavage can be effected with HBr in AcOH: J. Chem. Soc. (C), 2683 (1970), with Hg(II) salts, or by oxidation to the disulfide with I2 in MeOH: Helv. Chim. Acta, 51, 2061 (1968). See also Appendix 6.
Konshin, V.; Turmasova, A.; Konshina, D. Lewis Acid Catalyzed Reaction of Triphenylmethanol with Acetylacetone. Lett. Org. Chem. 2015, 12 (7), 511-515.
Drożdż, W.; Kołodziejski, M.; Markiewicz, G.; Jenczak, A.; Stefankiewicz, A. R. Generation of a Multicomponent Library of Disulfide Donor-Acceptor Architectures Using Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16 (7), 16300-16312.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.