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9-(Chloromethyl)anthracene is used as a blocking group reagent used for carboxylic acids, phenols, mercaptans and thiophenols.
Korte, W.D. 9(chloromethyl)anthracene: a useful derivatizing reagent for enhanced ultraviolet and fluorescence detection of carboxylic acids with liquid chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A. 1982, 243, (1), 153-157.
Reagent for the protection of carboxylic acids, alcohols, phenols and thiols as their 9-anthrylmethyl derivatives, which are stable to mild acid or base, but specifically cleaved by NaSMe: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 96, 590 (1974). For use in N-protection, see: Aust. J. Chem., 18, 1699 (1965).
Hazard Statements: H314-H318
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P301+P330+P331-P405-P501a
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. IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.