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Synonyms:1,4-Butylene Glycol;1,4-Butanediol;1,4-Dihydroxybutane;Butanediol, 1,4-;Tetramethylene Glycol;Versalink Curative 1,4-Butanediol
General Description: Odorless colorless liquid or solid (depending upon temperature).
Usage:1,4-Butanediol is used in the synthesis of epothilones, a new class of cancer drugs. Also used in the stereoselective synthesis of (-)-Brevisamide.
Air & Water Reactions:Highly flammable. 1,4-Butanediol is hygroscopic. Water soluble.
Reactivity Profile:1,4-Butanediol is heat and light sensitive. 1,4-Butanediol reacts with acid chlorides, acid anhydrides and chloroformates. 1,4-Butanediol also reacts with oxidizing agents and reducing agents. 1,4-Butanediol is incompatible with isocyanates and acids. 1,4-Butanediol is also incompatible with peroxides, perchloric acid, sulfuric acid, hypochlorous acid, nitric acid, caustics, acetaldehyde, nitrogen peroxide and chlorine.
Health Hazard:Ingestion of large amounts needed to produce any symptoms.
Legality of 1,4-Butanediol:
While 1,4-Butanediol is not currently scheduled federally in the United States, a number of states have classified 1,4-Butanediol as a controlled substance. Individuals have been prosecuted for 1,4-Butanediol under the Federal Analog . A federal case in New York in 2002 ruled, but that decision was later overturned by the Second Circuit. However, a Federal District Court in Chicago ruled, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. In the United Kingdom, 1,4-Butanediol was scheduled in December 2009 as a Class C controlled substance. In Germany, the drug is not explicitly illegal, but might also be treated as illegal if used as a drug. It is controlled as a Schedule VI precursor in Canada.