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2-Hexanol is an organic compound that belongs to the class of alcohols. It is a six-carbon chain with a hydroxyl group (-OH) attached to the second carbon atom. The chemical formula of 2-Hexanol is C6H14O.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Hexanol is a colorless liquid with a characteristic odor. It is less dense than water and its vapors are heavier than air. It is a secondary alcohol, which means that the hydroxyl group is attached to a carbon atom that is attached to two other carbon atoms. This gives 2-Hexanol unique properties compared to primary and tertiary alcohols.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2-Hexanol is used in the production of plasticizers, lubricants, and surfactants. It is also used as a solvent in various industrial applications. In addition, it is used in the synthesis of other organic compounds.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 2-Hexanol can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Ingestion can lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Long-term exposure can lead to more serious health effects, including damage to the liver and kidneys.

Safety[edit | edit source]

When handling 2-Hexanol, appropriate safety measures should be taken. This includes wearing protective clothing and eye protection, and ensuring adequate ventilation. In case of a spill, absorb with inert material and place in a suitable container for disposal.

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