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2-(Methylthio)ethanol is used as an important raw material and intermediate used in organic synthesis, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and dyestuffs.
Michael L. McKee. Comparison of Gas-Phase and Solution-Phase Reactions of Dimethyl Sulfide and 2-(Methylthio)ethanol with Hydroxyl Radical.J. Phys. Chem. A.2003,107 (35), 6819-6827.
Reagent for carboxyl group protection in peptide synthesis. Cleavage is by alkylation (MeI), followed by mild alkaline hydrolysis: J. Chem. Soc. (C), 807 (1966); Chem. Ber., 109, 3693 (1976). See Appendix 6.
Hazard Statements: H227-H302-H332
Combustible liquid. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P261-P280a-P304+P340-P301+P312a-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wear protective gloves and eye/face protection. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER/doctor if you feel unwell. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.