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1-Decanol is a straight chain fatty alcohol with ten carbon atoms and the structural formula CH3(CH2)9OH. It is a colorless to light yellow liquid that is insoluble in water and has a strong odor.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

1-Decanol is a monohydric alcohol. It is a medium evaporating solvent. The alcohol is used as a defoaming agent in the manufacture of paper and detergents.

Uses[edit | edit source]

1-Decanol is used in the manufacture of plasticizers, lubricants, surfactants and solvents. Its ability to permeate the skin has led to its use in pharmaceuticals.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 1-Decanol can cause irritation to the skin and eyes. Ingestion can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects such as liver and kidney damage.

Safety[edit | edit source]

When handling 1-Decanol, it is important to use proper protective equipment and to work in a well-ventilated area. In case of skin contact, wash with soap and water. In case of eye contact, rinse with plenty of water and seek medical attention if irritation persists.

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