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Phthalic anhydride is used in the preparation of primary amines. It is used as a precursor to prepare anthraquinone, phthalein, rhodamine, phthalocyanine, fluorescein and xanthene dyes. It serves as an important intermediate in the plastics industry, dyes, resins and pigments. It is used as a monomer for synthetic resins such as glyptal, alkyd resins and polyester resins. It plays a vital role in the large-scale production of plasticizers for plastics. Further, it acts as a curing agent for epoxy resins, anti-scaling agents, plating agents, surface treating agents, ion exchange agents, paint additives, adhesives, sealant chemicals and potential antibacterial agent.
For examples of formation of phthalimides from amines, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 4, 106 (1963); 5, 973 (1973). As an alternative to hydrazinolysis, ɑ-amino acids can also be quantitatively recovered from their phthaloyl derivatives by prolonged reaction with aqueous methylamine at room temperature: Can. J. Chem., 48, 3572 (1970).
Can be used for the dehydration of nitro aldols to nitroalkenes; see, e.g.: Org. Synth. Coll., 7, 396 (1990).
Reaction with H2O2 gives monoperphthalic acid, useful in peroxidation reactions; see, e.g.: Org. Synth. Coll., 3, 619 (1955); 5, 805 (1973). With urea hydrogen peroxide, provides a superior system for converting N-heteroaromatics and tert-amines to their N-oxides: Chem. Ber., 125, 1965 (1992)
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Lin, Z.; Ierapetritou, M.; Nikolakis, V. Phthalic anhydride production from hemicellulose solutions: Technoeconomic analysis and life cycle assessment. AlChE J. 2015, 61 (11), 3708-3718.
Hazard Statements: H302-H315-H318-H334-H317-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled. May cause an allergic skin reaction. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P201-P280g-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Obtain special instructions before use. Wear protective gloves. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.