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2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone is used as a broad-band filter in sunscreens cosmetic products in order to protect the skin from the deleterious effects of the sun. It acts as a reagent in the gravimetric determination of copper(II). Further, it is used in the preparation of poly[(2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone) propylene], which is a polymeric ligand useful for the synthesis of metal/ligand polychelates.
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