A white, crystalline solid. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is an antioxidant used in rubber and plastic. It can oxidize to form a dark yellow oily liquid which then migrates to the surface of its plastic or rubber.
Synonyms and Related Terms
BHT; di-tert-butyl-para-cresol; 2,6-Bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-4-methylphenol; Antrancine 8; Tenox BHT; Ionol CP; Vianol; Dalpac
Soluble in toluene, methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, Cellosolve® and most hydrocarbon solvents. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 220.34|
Hazards and Safety
Slightly toxic by inhalation, ingestion and contact.
Combustible. Flash point = 127C
Yellows severely with age. May decompose to an oily film that migrates from plastics.
- Thomas Gregory, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Reinhold Publishing, New York, 3rd ed., 1942
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 274
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: 1521