Methyl chloroformate, also known as chloromethyl chloroformate, is a colorless, volatile liquid with a pleasant, ether-like odor. It is used in organic synthesis as a reagent for the preparation of carboxylic acid derivatives of alcohols, amines, and phenols. It is also used as a poison gas in some military applications.
When rubber is exposed to Methyl chloroformate, it can become brittle and crack due to the highly reactive nature of the chemical. The rubber can also become swollen, leading to a decrease in strength and elasticity. In addition, discoloration and accelerated aging of the rubber can occur, reducing its lifespan. Exposure to Methyl chloroformate can also lead to a breakdown of the rubber, resulting in the formation of potentially toxic by-products.
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