Sodium paraperiodate is used to wet-strengthen paper and to aid in tobacco combustion. It is used in solution to open saccharide rings between vicinal diols leaving two aldehyde groups. This process is often used in labeling saccharides with fluorescent molecules or other tags such as biotin.
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Hazard Statements: H272-H315-H319-H335
May intensify fire; oxidizer. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P221-P210v-P220-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Keep/Store away from clothing/combustible materials. 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.