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Cumene hydroperoxide is used in the preparation of polystyrene nanocapsules. It acts as a curing agent for polyester resins and as an oxidizer in organic chemical reactions. It serves as an initiator for radical polymerization especially for acrylate and methacrylate monomers. It also employed as an intermediate in the cumene process for developing phenol and acetone from benzene and propene. Further, it is used as an epoxidation reagent for allylic alcohols and fatty acid esters. In addition to this, it is also used to prepare methylstyrene, acetophenone and cumyl alcohol.
Alternative to tert-Butyl hydroperoxide, A13926, in certain catalytic peroxygenation reactions. For example, has been found to give better enantiomeric excesses in the Sharpless-type asymmetric oxidation of sulfides to sulfoxides in the presence of Ti(O-i-Pr)4 and diethyl L-tartrate: Tetrahedron, 43, 5135 (1987); Org. Synth. Coll., 8, 464 (1993); Synlett, 404 (1996).
Pardillo-Díaz, R.; Carrascal, L.; Ayala, A.; Nunez-Abades, P. Oxidative stress induced by cumene hydroperoxide evokes changes in neuronal excitability of rat motor cortex neurons. Neuroscience 2015, 289, 85-98.
Liu, J.; Ni, X.; Hu, Y. Influence of nitridation on the catalytic performance of Ti-MCM-41 for the epoxidation of propene by cumene hydroperoxide. Reac Kinet Mech Cat 2015, 114 (2), 685-695.
Hazard Statements: H226-H242-H302-H312-H331-H314-H318-H335-H373-H304
Flammable liquid and vapour. Heating may cause a fire. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. Toxic if inhaled. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage. May cause respiratory irritation. May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure. May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
Precautionary Statements: P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P410-P501a
IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER/doctor 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. Protect from sunlight. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.