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2,4-Dimethyl-6-tert-butylphenol is a type of chemical compound that belongs to the class of organic compounds known as alkylated phenols. These are phenols that carry one or more alkyl groups directly attached to the phenolic ring.

Chemical Structure[edit | edit source]

The molecular formula of 2,4-Dimethyl-6-tert-butylphenol is C12H18O. It consists of a phenol ring, which is a six-membered aromatic ring with one hydroxyl group (OH group), substituted with two methyl groups at positions 2 and 4, and a tert-butyl group at position 6.

Properties[edit | edit source]

2,4-Dimethyl-6-tert-butylphenol is a white crystalline solid at room temperature. It has a melting point of 63-65°C and a boiling point of 248-250°C. It is soluble in ethanol, acetone, and other organic solvents, but insoluble in water.

Uses[edit | edit source]

This compound is primarily used as an antioxidant in the production of rubber, plastics, and oils. It helps to prevent the oxidation process, which can lead to degradation of these materials.

Safety[edit | edit source]

As with many chemical compounds, handling 2,4-Dimethyl-6-tert-butylphenol requires caution. It can cause skin and eye irritation, and prolonged exposure can lead to more serious health effects. Therefore, it is important to use appropriate personal protective equipment when handling this compound.

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