A white, crystalline solid. Benzoyl peroxide is an organic peroxide that is primarily used as a catalyst for polymerization reactions, such as the curing of Bio-Plastic® polyester resin. Benzoyl peroxide is also used to bleach flour, fats, oils, and waxes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
benzoperoxide; dibenzoyl peroxide; benzoyl superoxide; Acetoxyl; Acnegel; Benoxyl; Oxy-5; Panoxyl; Persa-gel; Theraderm
Soluble in most organic solvents. Slightly soluble in ethanol, oils and water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 242.2|
Hazards and Safety
Flammable and explosive above 105C. Highly toxic by inhalation. Slightly toxic by skin contact and toxic by eye contact.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1159
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