2-Ethoxyethyl ether is incompatible with strong acids. 2-Ethoxyethyl ether is also incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
ChEBI: A polyether that consists of undecane in which the carbon atoms at positions 3, 6 and 9 are replaced by oxygen atoms.
Solvent; high boiling reaction medium.
Moderately toxic by
ingestion. An experimental teratogen. Other
experimental reproductive effects. An eye
irritant. Flammable when exposed to heat or
flame. When heated to decomposition it
emits acrid smoke and irritating fumes. See
also GLYCOL ETHERS.
Dry the ether with MgSO4, then CaH2 or LiAlH4, under N2. If sodium is used, the ether should be redistilled alone to remove any products which may be formed by the action of sodium on the ether. As a preliminary purification, the crude ether (2L) can be refluxed for 12hours with 25mL of conc HCl in 200mL of water, under reduced pressure, with slow passage of N2 to remove aldehydes and other volatile substances. After cooling, add sufficient solid KOH pellets (slowly and with shaking until no more dissolves) to give two liquid phases. The upper of these is decanted, dried with fresh KOH pellets, decanted, then refluxed over, and distilled from sodium. It can be passed through (alkaline) alumina prior to purification. [Beilstein 1 IV 2394.]
Diethylene Glycol Diethyl Ether is a very useful organic solvent. It has a high boiling point and has been used to study the activities of enzymes in aqueous organic mixtures.
Air & Water Reactions
Highly flammable. May be sensitive to prolonged exposure to air. Can form explosive peroxides. Vapor-air mixtures are explosive above the flash point. Water soluble.
Clear colorless viscous liquid.
2-Ethoxyethyl ether is combustible.