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Allyl glycidyl ether (AGE)

Allyl glycidyl ether (AGE) is a clear, colorless liquid with a mild odor. It is a versatile chemical that can be used in a variety of applications, including as a curing agent for epoxy resins, a stabilizer for PVC plastics, and a component in fragrances and flavors.

AGE is a monoepoxide, which means that it has one epoxy group. The epoxy group is a reactive functional group that can be used to cross-link polymers. This makes AGE a useful curing agent for epoxy resins. AGE can also be used to stabilize PVC plastics by reacting with the chlorine atoms in the plastic. This prevents the plastic from decomposing and becoming brittle.

In addition to its industrial applications, AGE is also used in fragrances and flavors. AGE has a pleasant odor and can be used to add a fruity or floral note to fragrances. It can also be used to add a spicy or woody note to flavors.

AGE is a safe chemical when used properly. However, it can be harmful if inhaled or ingested. Symptoms of exposure to AGE include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as nausea and vomiting. If you are exposed to AGE, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.

Safety precautions

When working with AGE, it is important to take the following safety precautions:

  • Wear gloves, goggles, and a respirator.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
  • If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Call poison control immediately.

Storage

AGE should be stored in a cool, dry place. It should be kept in a tightly sealed container to prevent evaporation.

Disposal

AGE should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations. It should not be disposed of down the drain or in the trash.

References

  • National Toxicology Program. (2012). Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of allyl glycidyl ether (CAS No. 106-92-3) in F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice (gavage studies). Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 263(2), 173-185.
  • International Agency for Research on Cancer. (1994). Allyl glycidyl ether. IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, 60, 337-346.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2012). Allyl glycidyl ether. 29 CFR 1910.1000 Table Z-1.