Shake the alcohol with successive lots of alkaline KMnO4 until the colour persists for 15minutes, then dry it with K2CO3 or CaO, and fractionally distil it. [Beilstein 1 IV 1731.]
Low toxicity; liquid may irritate eyes.
Heptan-1-ol is an alcohol. Flammable and/or toxic gases are generated by the combination of alcohols with alkali metals, nitrides, and strong reducing agents. They react with oxoacids and carboxylic acids to form esters plus water. Oxidizing agents convert them to aldehydes or ketones. Alcohols exhibit both weak acid and weak base behavior. They may initiate the polymerization of isocyanates and epoxides.
Watery colorless liquid with a weak alcohol odor. Floats on water.
1-Heptanol have also been used in the fragrance industry due to its pleasant smell.