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Acetic anhydride is most suited for the conversion of cellulose into cellulose acetate and in the manufacture of aspirin. It acts as a wood preservative and solvent in examination of wood fat, fatty and volatile oils and detection of rosins. In many organic reactions it acts as a dehydrating agent. Also used in the production of isoamyl alcohol and 2-methyl furan.
Frouri, F.; Celerier, S.; Ayrault, P.; Richard, F. Inorganic hydroxide Fluorides as solid catalysis for acylation of 2-methyl Furan by acetic anhydride. Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2015, 168-169, 515-523.
Azudin, N. Y.; Don, M. M.; Shuko, S. R. Production and Kinetics of Isoamyl Acetate from Acetic Anhydride using Candida Antarctica Lipase B in a Solvent Free System. Chem. eng. transaction 2013, 32, 1057-1061.
Hazard Statements: H226-H302-H331-H314
Flammable liquid and vapour. Harmful if swallowed. Toxic if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P260u-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. 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.