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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-H311-H315-H319-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Toxic in contact with skin. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P233-P240-P241-P242-P243-P261-P264b-P271-P280-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P372-P374-P380-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep container tightly closed. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Explosion risk in case of fire. Fight fire with normal precautions from a reasonable distance. Evacuate area. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant