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1-Decanol, also known as decyl alcohol or n-decanol, is a fatty alcohol with the chemical formula C 10H 22O. It is a colorless, viscous liquid that is insoluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents.

Production[edit | edit source]

1-Decanol is typically produced through the hydrogenation of decanal, which is derived from the oxidation of decane. It can also be synthesized via the Ziegler process, which involves the oligomerization of ethylene followed by oxidation.

Applications[edit | edit source]

1-Decanol is used in the manufacture of plasticizers, lubricants, and surfactants. It is also employed as a solvent in various industrial applications. In the field of perfumery, 1-decanol is used as an intermediate in the synthesis of fragrances.

Safety[edit | edit source]

1-Decanol is considered to be of low toxicity. However, it can cause irritation to the skin and eyes upon contact. Proper safety measures should be taken when handling this chemical, including the use of personal protective equipment.

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