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Dimethyl disulfide is used as an intermediate as well as a food additive in onion, garlic, cheese, meats, soups, savory flavors and fruit flavors. It is used in oil refineries as a sulfiding agent. It is used to alfa substitute 2-methylfuran-acrolein to produce food stuff. It is involved in the preparation of 4-(methylthio)phenol. Further, it is used to replace methyl mercaptan as a jet fuel additive. It finds application in artificial flavoring agent and a corrosion inhibitor. In addition to this, it serves as an effective soil fumigant in agriculture.
Non-aqueous diazotization of arylamines with isoamyl nitrite in the presence of Me2S2 provides a convenient route to aryl methyl sulfides: Synth. Commun., 31, 1857 (2001). Alkyl methyl sulfides have been prepared by disproportionation of symmetrical disulfides with Me2S2 in the presence of NaOH: Chem. Lett., 755 (1999).
Arellano-García, L.; Dorado, A. D.; Morales-Guadarrama, A.; Sacristan, E.; Gamisans, X.; Revah, S. Modeling the effects of biomass accumulation on the performance of a biotrickling filter packed with PUF support for the alkaline biotreatment of dimethyl disulfide vapors in air. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2015, 99 (1), 97-107.
Mashkina, A. V.; Khairulina, L. N. Reaction of dimethyl disulfide with thiophene catalyzed by zeolite. Russ. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 51 (2), 217-220.
Hazard Statements: H225-H301+H331-H317-H319-H335
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Toxic if swallowed. Toxic if inhaled. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P210-P233-P235-P240-P241-P242-P243-P264b-P270-P271-P272-P280-P301+P310-P303+P361+P353-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P311-P330-P333+P313-P363-P370+P378q-P501c
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. Keep container tightly closed. Keep cool. Ground/bond container and receiving equipment. Use explosion-proof electrical/ventilating/lighting/ equipment. Use only non-sparking tools. Take precautionary measures against static discharge. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF ON SKIN (or hair): Remove/Take off immediately all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water/shower. 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. Rinse mouth. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. In case of fire: Use CO2, dry chemical, or foam Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant