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Hexanoic acid is used to prepare esters by reacting with alcohols, which finds application in artificial flavors. It is also involved in the production of hexylphenols, hexanoates and caproates. Further, it is used as non-viral gene carrier as well as to protect tomato plants from Botrytis cinerea.
Ramesh, S.; Cherkupally, P.; Govender, T.; Kruger, H. G.; Albericio, F.; de la Torre, B. G. 6-(Bromomaleimido)hexanoic Acid as a Connector for the Construction of Multiple Branched Peptide Platforms. Org. Lett. 2015, 17 (3), 464-467.
Lee, Y.; Choi, J. W.; Suh, D. J.; Ha, J. M.; Lee, C. H. Ketonization of hexanoic acid to diesel-blendable 6-undecanone on the stable zirconia aerogel catalyst. Appl. Catal., A 2015, 506, 288-293.
Hazard Statements: H302-H311-H331-H314-H318
Harmful if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. 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.