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Camphor is used in the preparation of mothballs. It acts as a plasticizer for nitrocellulose, and an ingredient for fireworks and explosive munitions. It is useful in the treatment of sprains, swellings and inflammation. It is also used to synthesize carbon nanotubes by chemical vapor deposition process of camphor.
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Rafiński, Z.; Kozakiewicz, A. Enantioselective Synthesis of Chromanones Bearing Quaternary Substituted Stereocenters Catalyzed by (1R)-Camphor-Derived N-Heterocyclic Carbenes. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80 (15), 7468-7476.
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Hazard Statements: H228-H302-H315-H319-H335
Flammable solid. Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P240-P241-P261-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P301+P312-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P330-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. 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. Rinse mouth. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant