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2-Hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone is used for preparing decorative hair and skin dyes. 2-Hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone also demonstrates antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. It also suppress the formation of hydrogen peroxide and superoxide radical anion by aldehyde oxidase-catalyzed reactions.
S. Salunke-Gawalia; S.Y. Ranea; V.G. Puranikb; C. Guyard-Duhayonc; F. Varret. Three dimensional hydrogen-bonding network in a copper complex of 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone: structural, spectroscopic and magnetic properties. Polyhedron.2004, 23 2541-2547.
Tatsuo Yagishita; Shigeki Sawayama; Ken-ichiro Tsukahara; Tomoko Ogi. Effects of intensity of incident light and concentrations of Synechococcus sp. and 2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone on the current output of photosynthetic electrochemical cell.Solar Energy.1997,61 347-353.
Hazard Statements: H302-H319-H341
Harmful if swallowed. Causes serious eye irritation. Suspected of causing genetic defects.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P280-P305+P351+P338-P301+P312a-P405-P501a
Obtain special instructions before use. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER/doctor if you feel unwell. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.