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1,4-Naphthoquinone is used as a strong dienophile in Diels-Alder reaction. It is also used as a precursor to anthroquinone and 5-nitro-1,4-naphthalenedione, which finds application in the preparation of aminoanthroquinone and is also used as a dye precursor. It is a basic component of Vitamin K.
Sarkar, S. K.; Sawai, A.; Kanahara, K.; Wentrup, C.; Abe, M.; Gudmundsdottir, A. D. Direct Detection of a Triplet Vinylnitrene, 1,4-Naphthoquinone-2-ylnitrene, in Solution and Cryogenic Matrices. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (12), 4207-4214.
Sawama, Y.; Kawajiri, T.; Asai, S.; Yasukawa, N.; Shishido, Y.; Monguchi, Y.; Sajiki, H. Biarylmethane and Fused Heterocyclic Arene Synthesis via in Situ Generated o- and/or p-NaphthoquinoneMethides. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80 (11), 5556-5565.
Hazard Statements: H301-H311-H314-H317-H318-H330-H335-H500
Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Causes serious eye damage. Fatal if inhaled. May cause respiratory irritation. May form combustible dust concentrations in air
Precautionary Statements: P260-P264b-P270-P271-P272-P280-P285-P301+P310-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P312-P330-P331-P333+P313-P363-P501c
Do not breathe 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. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. 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. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant