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Benzo[b]thiophene is used in the preparation of 2-thianapthenylphenyllithium, via metalation by n-butyllithium. It is used in organic as well as pharmaceutical industry as a component in the synthesis of raloxifene, a breast cancer therapeutic, or hydrodesulfurization reactions.
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Kingo Uchida.; Yasuhide Nakayama.; Masahiro Irie. Thermally Irreversible Photochromic Systems. Reversible Photocyclization of 1,2-Bis(benzo[b]thiophen-3-yl)ethene Derivatives. Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. 1990, 63 (5), 1311-1315.
Hazard Statements: H302
Harmful if swallowed.
Precautionary Statements: P264b-P270-P301+P312-P330-P501c
Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Rinse mouth. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant