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4-Methylbenzyl alcohol is used in fragrances, flavoring and as a laboratory reagent. It is also used as a raw material for the preparation of polycarbonates and 4-methyl-benzaldehyde.
A high yield modification of the Ritter conversion of benzyl alcohols to N-acetylbenzylamines is illustrated by the reaction of this alcohol with acetonitrile in the presence of BF 3 etherate to give N-acetyl-4-methylbenzylamine: Synth. Commun., 24, 601 (1994).
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Maurya, C. K.; Gupta, P. K. Decarbamoylation of primary carbamates using sodium in silica gel (Na_SG). Tetrahedron Lett. 2015, 56 (17), 2228-2230.
Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335
Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P261-P280a-P305+P351+P338-P304+P340-P405-P501a
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. 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.