Clear colorless viscous liquid.
Solvent; high boiling reaction medium.
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.]
2-Ethoxyethyl ether is incompatible with strong acids. 2-Ethoxyethyl ether is also incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
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.
ChEBI: A polyether that consists of undecane in which the carbon atoms at positions 3, 6 and 9 are replaced by oxygen atoms.
2-Ethoxyethyl ether is combustible.