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Ethyl trans-4-oxo-2-butenoate is an intermediate used to synthesize pharmaceutically active molecules. It is also used in the asymmetric catalytic alkynylation of acetaldehyde, producing attractive synthons with broad applications, such as (+)-Tetrahydropyrenophorol.
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Hazard Statements: H227-H301-H314-H318-H317
Combustible liquid. Toxic if swallowed. Causes severe skin burns and eye damage. Causes serious eye damage. May cause an allergic skin reaction.
Precautionary Statements: P210u-P301+P310a-P303+P361+P353-P305+P351+P338-P405-P501a
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. - No smoking. 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. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.