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Storage stability and reactivity towards container material

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Prone to formation of peroxides.

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Ethers are well known to react with atmospheric oxygen to form peroxides and hydroperoxides on storage. The autooxidation occurs by a free radical mechanism, which is catalysed by light or the presence of impurities (Clark, D.E., Chemical Health Safety, 2001, Sep - Oct, 12 - 22). Explosive levels of peroxides can form on concentration.