Special Hazards of Combustion Products: Vapor may travel considerable distance to a source of ignition and flash back.
May be harmful by inhalation, ingestion and skin absorption. Causes eye and skin irritation. Material is irritating to mucous membrane and upper respiratory tract.
Dibutylcarbitol is freed from peroxides by slow passage through a column of activated alumina. The eluate is then shaken with Na2CO3 (to remove any remaining acidic impurities), washed with water, and stored with CaCl2 in a dark bottle [Tuck J Chem Soc 3202 1957]. [Beilstein 1 IV 2395.]
Bis(2-butoxyethyl)ether may react violently with strong oxidizing agents. Incompatible with nitric acid. May form salts with strong acids and addition complexes with Lewis acids. In other reactions, which typically involve the breaking of the carbon-oxygen bond, relatively inert.
Colorless liquid. Floats on water.
Air & Water Reactions
Oxidizes readily in air to form unstable peroxides that may explode spontaneously [Bretherick, 1979 p.151-154, 164]. Insoluble in water.
clear colorless to yellowish liquid