Diacetyl peroxide

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Diacetyl peroxide
Skeletal formula
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IUPAC name
acetyl ethaneperoxoate
Other names
acetylperoxide; diacetyl peroxide; Peroxide, diacetyl; ethanoyl peroxide; acetyl ethaneperoxoate; ethanoyl ethaneperoxoate; peracetic acid acetyl ester
110-22-5 YesY
ChemSpider 7749 YesY
EC Number 203-748-8
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PubChem 8040
UN number 2084
Molar mass 118.09 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless crystals [1]
Density 1.163 g/cm3[1]
Melting point 30 °C (86 °F; 303 K)
Boiling point 121.4 °C (250.5 °F; 394.5 K) at 760mmHg; 63° at 21mmHg[2]
slight in cold water [1]
Main hazards Explosive
NFPA 704
Flammability code 2: Must be moderately heated or exposed to relatively high ambient temperature before ignition can occur. Flash point between 38 and 93 °C (100 and 200 °F). E.g., diesel fuel Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity code 4: Readily capable of detonation or explosive decomposition at normal temperatures and pressures. E.g., nitroglycerin Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 32.2 °C (90.0 °F; 305.3 K) (45 °C[3])
Explosive data
Shock sensitivity Very high / moderate when wet
Friction sensitivity Very high / moderate when wet
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Diacetyl peroxide is an organic peroxide that is a crystalline, sand-like solid with a sharp odor.[3] The commercial product consists of a 25% solution of acetyl peroxide in dimethyl phthalate.[1]


Peroxides, such as diacetyl peroxide, are good oxidizing agents. Organic compounds can ignite on contact with concentrated peroxides, while strongly reduced material such as sulfides, nitrides, and hydrides may react explosively.

There are few chemical classes that do not at least produce heat when mixed with peroxides. Many produce explosions or generate gases (toxic and nontoxic). Generally, dilute solutions of peroxides (<70%) are safe, but the presence of a catalyst (often a transition metal such as cobalt, iron, manganese, nickel, or vanadium) as an impurity may even then cause rapid decomposition, a buildup of heat, and even an explosion. Solutions of peroxides often become explosive when evaporated to dryness or near-dryness. [4] Pure (100%) material is a severe explosion hazard. It should not be stored after preparation, nor heated above 30 C. [5]

There have been reports of detonation of the pure material. The 25% solution also has explosive potential when inadvertent partial evaporation of a weak solution can create an explosive solution or a shock-sensitive crystalline material. [6] It is essential to prevent the separation of the crystalline peroxide even in traces, since when dry, it is shock sensitive and is a high explosion risk.[7] Application of fluorine to aqueous sodium acetate solution caused an explosion involving the formation of diacetyl peroxide.[7] Dry acetyl peroxide is unpredictable. Five grains of it were removed from an ice chest and detonated violently. Solid acetyl peroxide in contact with ether or any volatile solvent may explode violently.[8] Diacetyl peroxide can be formed when a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, and excess acetic anhydride reacts with one of the reaction products peracetic acid. [9]

Health hazards[edit]

Contact with liquid causes irritation of eyes and skin. If ingested, irritates mouth and stomach.[10] [11] [12] [13]

Fire hazards[edit]

This compound may explode in a fire, and burn with accelerating intensity.[14]

The threshold quantity for Process Safety Management per Occupational Safety and Health Administration 1910.119 is 5,000 lbs if the concentration of the diacetyl peroxide solution is greater than 70%. [15]


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  2. ^ Lide, D.R. (ed.). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 79th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press Inc., 1998-1999., p. 3-250
  3. ^ a b Acetyl peroxide
  4. ^ Sax, N.I. Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials. 4th ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975., p. 357
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  6. ^ National Research Council. Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1981., p. 106
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  9. ^ "Chemical Safety: Synthesis Procedure". Chemical & Engineering News 89 (2): 2. 2011-01-10. 
  10. ^ National Research Council. Prudent Practices for Handling Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1981., p. 106
  11. ^ International Labour Office. Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety. 4th edition, Volumes 1-4 1998. Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Office, 1998., p. 104.349
  12. ^ Clayton, G.D., F.E. Clayton (eds.) Patty's Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology. Volumes 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F: Toxicology. 4th ed. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1993-1994., p. 545
  13. ^ Mackison, F. W., R. S. Stricoff, and L. J. Partridge, Jr. (eds.). NIOSH/OSHA - Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards. DHHS(NIOSH) Publication No. 81-123 (3 VOLS). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, Jan. 1981., p. 1
  14. ^ National Fire Protection Association. Fire Protection Guide on Hazardous Materials. 7th ed. Boston, Mass.: National Fire Protection Association, 1978., p. 49-110
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