Agent Name

Benzyl ether

Alternative Name

Dibenzyl ether

CAS Number

103-50-4

Formula

C14-H14-O

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

1,1'-(Oxybis(methylene))bisbenzene; 1,1-Oxybismethylene, bis benzene; BA; BA (VAN); BA (plasticizer); Benzene, 1,1'-(oxybis(methylene))bis-; Benzyl oxide; Benzyl oxide [Czech]; Dibenzyl ether; Dibenzylether [Czech]; Ether, dibenzyl; Plasticator BA; Plastikator BA; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Ethers, Other

Description

Colorless, unstable liquid; [Hawley] Immiscible or difficult to mix in water; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as a plasticizer for nitrocellulose and synthetic rubber, a perfume solvent, a flavoring agent, and in cements; [HSDB]

Comments

Inhalation of high concentrations can cause CNS depression; [HSDB] Irritating to the skin; [Hawley] Will not decompose if used and stored according to specifications; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.00103 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 135 deg C; [Hawley] mp = 1-4 deg C; bp = 297-299 deg C; [MSDSonline]

Flammability (NFPA)

1: Must be preheated

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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