1,4-Dioxane, also known as diethylene ether, diethylene dioxide or simply dioxane, as the 1,2 and 1,3 isomers are rarely encountered, is a heterocyclic organic compound, a cyclic ether.
Dioxane can be reacted with dry chlorine gas to yield trans-2,3-dichloro-1,4-dioxane.
Dioxane is a colorless liquid, with a faint sweet odor similar to that of diethyl ether. It is miscible with many solvents and is hygroscopic. Dioxane boils at 101.1 °C and freezes at 11.8 °C.
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Dioxane is produced by the acid-catalysed dehydration of ethylene glycol.
Frogfot wrote a synthesis of dioxane.
- Stabilize trichloroethane
- Medium for organic reactions
Dioxane is considered carcinogenic.
Dioxane is sometimes confused with dioxin.