Useful ether solvent because of its limited solubility in water and ease of drying by azeotropic distillation, low viscosity even at low temperatures, relatively low tendency to form peroxides, and compatibility with strong bases. Possible uses include organometallic and phase-transfer reactions./n
Non-carcinogenic alternative to chloromethyl ethyl ether for ethoxymethylation of alcohols and phenols: Synthesis, 794 (1981), or amines: Chem. Pharm. Bull., 34, 150 (1986)./n
Can also act as a convenient formaldehyde substitute (compare Dimethoxymethane, A12055)./n
Hazard Statements: H225-H303-H311-H315-H319-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. May be harmful if swallowed. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P261-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Store locked up. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.