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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-H312-H314-H318-H332-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage. Harmful if inhaled. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P301+P312-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P310-P312-P330-P331-P363-P501c
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. 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. Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant