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reba asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

What's HO-CH2-O-CH2-OH called, and if it isn't a practical molecule, why isn't it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Under IUPAC, is should be 1,1'-dihydroxydimethyl ether.

    Other possible names might be bis-(hydroxymethyl) ether, or 1,1'-dimethylether glycol.

    The molecule does not appear to be very stable, as it does not appear in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, nor does it appear in the Merck Index, nor the Sigma-Aldritch catalog.

    It may spontaneously rearrange to form 2-hydroxyethanoic acid.

  • 1 decade ago

    This material is known as "Dimethylene Glycol". Its CAS Registry # is 4407-89-0. The earliest scientific paper that I could find in which it is mentioned was from 55 years ago.

    If you are a professional, you can buy this stuff from Pfaltz & Bauer Co. It is hazardous.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think it's called formaldehyde dimer hydrate.

    I don't know about the practical molecule thing though.

    Source(s): www.epa.gov/chemrtk/pubs/summaries/methxmth/c15015tp.pdf
  • 1 decade ago

    Longest chain

    Ethyle, dihydroxlide lol, havent done organic in a while

    i think thats right sorry i just woke up

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