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(-)-Borneol is used to prepare its esters by reacting with acids. Its derivatives are used as chiral ligands in asymmetric synthesis. It is also used in flavors and perfumes. Further, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine as moxa. In addition to this, it is used as a component of many essential oils and also used as a natural insect repellent.
Christoforides, E.; Mentzafos, D.; Bethanis, K. Structural studies of the inclusion complexes of the (+)- and (-)-borneol enantiomers in alpha- and beta-cyclodextrin. J. Incl. Phenom. Macro. Chem. 2015, 81 (1), 193-203.
Marumoto, S.; Okuno, Y.; Miyamoto, Y.; Miyazawa, M. Biotransformation of (+)-(1R,2S,4R)-borneol and (-)-(1S,2R,4S)-borneol by Spodoptera litura (common cutworm) larvae. J. Mol. Catal. B: Enzym. 2015, 115, 160-167.
Hazard Statements: H228-H315-H319-H500
Flammable solid. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May form combustible dust concentrations in air
Precautionary Statements: P210-P240-P241-P264b-P280-P302+P352-P305+P351+P338-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P370+P378q
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. 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