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2,6-dimethylphenol is used in the synthesis of anti-oxidant compounds due to the phenol moiety in the structure. In addition, this compound is used as a reactant in the synthesis of polyphenylene ether polymers.
Yasar Thewalim; Fredrik Aldaeus; Anders Colmsjö. Retention time prediction of compounds in Grob standard mixture for apolar capillary columns in temperature-programmed gas chromatography. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.2009,393(1), 327-334.
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O-Alkylation of this hindered phenol by alkyl halides has been achieved using NaOH with micellar catalysis by (1-Hexadecyl)trimethylammonium bromide, A15235: Tetrahedron, 44, 6677 (1988). Alkylation of the Li salt with MeI occurs preferentially on carbon to give the dimer of 2,6,6-trimethyl-2,4-cyclohexadienone: Org. Synth. Coll., 5, 1092 (1973).
Addition of lithiated 2,6-dimethylphenyl esters of alkanoic acids to carbonyl compounds has been used in a highly diastereoselective synthesis of ß-hydroxy acids. In some cases, only one of the two possible diastereomers is formed. For list of examples, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 7, 190 (1990).
Hazard Statements: H301-H311-H314-H318
Toxic if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dusts or mists. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.