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2-Ethyl-4-methyl-1H-imidazole is a useful synthetic intermediate. It can be used as a building block for active ingredients as well as in epoxy curing. It is used as an intermediate for pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, dyes, textile auxiliaries, pigments and other organic chemicals.
M. S. Heise; and G. C. Martin. Mechanism of 2-ethyl-4-methylimidazole in the curing of the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A. Journal of Polymer Science Part C: Polymer Letters. 1988, 26 (3), 153-157,.
John M. Barton; andPeter M. Shepherd. The curing reaction of an epoxide resin with 2-ethyl-4-methylimidazole, a calorimetric study of the kinetics of formation of epoxide-imidazole adducts. Die Makromolekulare Chemie. 1975, 176 (4), 919-930.
Building block in synthesis of imidazoquinazolines as cardiovascular agents: J. Med. Chem., 34, 2671 (1991).
Hazard Statements: H302-H315-H318-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye damage. 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.