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2-Methyl-2-pentanol (also known as tert-amyl alcohol or 2M2P) is an organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CHCH2CH2OH. It is a colorless liquid that is used as a solvent and in the synthesis of some other compounds. It is one of the isomers of amyl alcohol.

Chemical Properties[edit | edit source]

2-Methyl-2-pentanol is a secondary alcohol that is pentane substituted by a hydroxy group at position 2 and a methyl group at position 2. It has a role as a solvent. It is a member of pentanols and a secondary alcohol. It is a conjugate acid of a 2-methyl-2-pentanolate.

Uses[edit | edit source]

2-Methyl-2-pentanol is used as a solvent for resins, oils, and other organic materials. It is also used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and plasticizers.

Health Effects[edit | edit source]

Exposure to 2-Methyl-2-pentanol can cause irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. It may also cause central nervous system depression and kidney damage.

Safety[edit | edit source]

When handling 2-Methyl-2-pentanol, it is important to use proper personal protective equipment and to work in a well-ventilated area. In case of spillage, absorb with inert material and place in a suitable container for disposal.

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