A toxic, colorless liquid with a slight ether-like smell. Dioxane is no longer recommended for use. In the past, it was used as a solvent for acetate cellulose acetate, cellulose ethyl cellulose, cellulose benzyl cellulose, and other resins, oils, and waxes. It was often found in paint and varnish removers. Dioxane was also used as a surfactant and dispersant in textile processing, dyeing, and printing.
Synonyms and Related Terms
diethylene oxide; dioxyethylene ether; 1,4-diethylene dioxide; diethylene ether; 1,4-dioxane
Miscible in water and most organic solvents.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 88.1|
Hazards and Safety
Highly toxic by skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion. Suspected carcinogen. Fumes are highly flammable and explosive. Flash point = 12C (54F)
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