Colorless to off-white crystalline solid. Odor threshold concentration 0.4 mg/L. Taste threshold concentration 0.5 mg/L.
WHITE TO CREAM COLORED CRYSTALS
2,5-Dimethylphenol is incompatible with bases, acid chlorides, acid anhydrides and oxidizing agents. 2,5-Dimethylphenol corrodes steel, brass, copper and copper alloys.
Flash point data for 2,5-Dimethylphenol are not available. 2,5-Dimethylphenol is probably combustible.
2, 5-dimethylphenol (also known as 2, 5-xylenol, or p-xylenol, chemical formula: (CH3)2C6H3OH.) is a chemical compound as one of the six isomers of xylenol. It is found in alcoholic beverages, coffee and whisky. It is a kind of flavoring agent belonging to the family of Ortho Cresols. One of its applications is for the synthesis of Mexilethine. It has important industrial importance, e.g. for the manufacture of antioxidants. It is also a monomer for the poly (p-phenylene oxide) engineering resins through carbon-oxygen oxidative coupling. It is traditionally extracted from the coal tar.
Crystallise 2,5-xylenol from EtOH/ether. [Beilstein 6 IV 3164.]
Air & Water Reactions
2,5-Dimethylphenol is hygroscopic. Insoluble in water.