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NSC 4972, 2-(1,1-Dimethylethyl)-1,4-benzenediol
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855 °F


127-129 °C (lit.)

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General description

tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) is a phenolic antioxidant. TBHQ is frequently used as a food preservative. In low concentrations it shows cytoprotective qualities while at higher concentrations it exhibits cytotoxic behavior.


TBHQ was used to study the inactivation of barotolerant strains of Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli. Environment friendly electrode materials for supercapacitors were attained by decorating the surface of graphene nanosheets with TBHQ.


5, 100, 500 g in poly bottle


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Hazard Classifications

Acute Tox. 4 Dermal - Acute Tox. 4 Oral - Aquatic Acute 1 - Aquatic Chronic 1 - Eye Irrit. 2 - Skin Irrit. 2 - Skin Sens. 1

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

195.8 °F - closed cup

Flash Point(C)

91 °C - closed cup

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

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  5. What is tert-Butylhydroquinone, Product 112941, soluble in?

    The tert-Butylhydroquinone is soluble in ethanol (600 g/L at 25°C) and acetone (1120 g/L at 25°C). It is not expected to be soluble in water.

  6. Do you have solution stability information on tert-Butylhydroquinone, Product 112941?

    Unfortunately, we do not have solution stability information on this product. We have not performed this type of testing in our labs, and we have no information from the chemical literature.

  7. What type of applications can tert-Butylhydroquinone, Product 112941, be used for?

    While we do not perform specific use-testing for this product, literature reports that this product has been used as a stabilizer against autopolymerization of organic peroxide monomers.

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