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1,4-Dimethoxybenzene is used as Pharmaceutical Intermediate. It is used in some paints and as a diazo dye. It is also used in perfumes and flavors in order to its floral odor. In addition, it is used on greasy skin, and with sulfur to treat acne, or as a dandruff treatment.
T. H. Goodwin.; M. Przybylska.; J. M. Robertson. The crystal and molecular structure of 1:4-dimethoxybenzene. Acta Cryst. 1950, 3 279-284.
Dötterl Stefan.; Ulrike Füssel.; Andreas Jürgens.; Gregor Aas. 1, 4-Dimethoxybenzene, a floral scent compound in willows that attracts an oligolectic bee. Journal of chemical ecology. 2005, 31 (12), 2993-2998.
In contrast to the 1,3-isomer (see preceding entry), direct dilithiation with n-BuLi/TMEDA was successful, giving, with TMS chloride, the 2,5-disilyl derivative in 68% yield: J. Org. Chem., 49, 4657 (1984).
1,4-Dimethoxybenzene and its simple derivatives undergo anodic oxidation in methanol, to give bis-acetals of benzoquinones. For experimental details, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 6, 971 (1988). For a review of the chemistry of these bis-acetals and of the mono-acetals obtained by partial hydrolysis, see: Acc. Chem. Res., 16, 74 (1983).
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. 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. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant