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1,4-Dioxene is an organic compound with the formula C₄H₆O₂. It is a heterocyclic compound containing a six-membered ring with two oxygen atoms and two double bonds. This compound is a colorless liquid that is miscible with water.

Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

1,4-Dioxene is a member of the dioxene family, characterized by a six-membered ring containing two oxygen atoms. The presence of double bonds in the ring structure makes it an unsaturated compound. The molecular structure can be described as a 1,4-dioxacyclohexene.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

1,4-Dioxene can be synthesized through various methods, including the dehydration of 1,4-butanediol or the cyclization of ethylene glycol with formaldehyde. These methods typically involve the use of acid catalysts to facilitate the reaction.

Applications[edit | edit source]

1,4-Dioxene is used primarily as a solvent and an intermediate in the synthesis of other chemical compounds. It is also used in the production of polymers and as a reagent in organic synthesis.

Safety and Handling[edit | edit source]

1,4-Dioxene is classified as a hazardous substance. It is highly flammable and can form explosive peroxides upon exposure to air. Proper storage and handling procedures must be followed to minimize the risk of fire and explosion. Personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, and lab coats should be worn when handling this compound.

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