Fractionally distil 2,6-xylenol under nitrogen, crystallise it from *benzene or hexane, and sublime it at 38o/10mm. [Beilstein 6 IV 3122.]
2,6-Dimethylphenol is incompatible with bases, acid chlorides, acid anhydrides, and oxidizing agents. Corrodes steel, brass, copper, and copper alloys.
2,6-Dimethylphenol is combustible.
colourless crystals or white powder
Air & Water Reactions
Insoluble in water
Similar to other xylenol compounds, 2,6-dimethylphenol is used in the synthesis of anti-oxidant compounds due to the phenol moiety in the structure. In addition, this compound is used as a a reactant
in the synthesis of polyphenylene ether polymers.
Colorless to off-white crystalline solid with a sweet tarry odor. Odor threshold concentration: 0.4 mg/L .