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4-Methoxyphenol is an active ingredient and used in dermatology. It is employed as a pharmaceutical drug in skin depigmentation. It is used as polymerization inhibitors. For example, in the radical polymerization of acryaltes and styrene monomers. It is also used as an intermediate in the preparationagrochemicals, liquid crystals. It acts as a stabilizer for the formulation of inks, toners and adhesives. It is mainly used as an additive for textile and leather industries.
For a study of the direct dilithiation of alkoxyphenols, see: J. Org. Chem., 55, 3902 (1990).
Primary OH groups can be protected as 4-methoxyphenyl ethers by Mitsunobu alkylation. These are stable to aqueous acid or base at 1000, high pressure hydrogenation, ozonolysis, LiAlH4, or Cr(VI) reagents. Deprotection can be effected with CAN: Tetrahedron Lett., 26, 6291 (1985); 29, 1389 (1988), or anodic oxidation: Carbohydr. Res., 277, 321 (1995)./n
Swiech, O.; Mieczkowska, A.; Chmurski, K.; Bilewicz, R. Intermolecular Interactions between Doxorubicin and β-Cyclodextrin 4-Methoxyphenol Conjugates. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116 (6), 1765-1771.
Wang, YH.; Avonto, C.; Avula, B; Wang, M.; Rua, D.; Khan, I. Quantitative Determination of alpha-Arbutin, beta-Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Nicotinamide, Hydroquinone, Resorcinol, 4-Methoxyphenol, 4-Ethoxyphenol, and Ascorbic Acid from Skin Whitening Products by HPLC-UV. J. AOAC Int. 2015, 98 (1), 5-12.
Hazard Statements: H302-H319-H317
Harmful if swallowed. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause an allergic skin reaction.
Precautionary Statements: P262-P280a-P301+P310a-P305+P351+P338-P315
Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Get immediate medical advice/attention.