CH3OCH3 is an example of ether.  Ethers are also important in medicine and pharmacology, especially for use as anaesthetics.

Dimethyl Ether and its uses

It is a colourless volatile poisonous liquid compound used as a solvent, fuel, aerosol, propellant and refrigerant. Dimethyl ether (DME) is a synthetically produced alternative to diesel for use in specially designed compression ignition diesel engines.

  • It is used extensively in the chemical industry and as an aerosol propellant.
  • Dimethyl ether is a good solvent and has the unique property of high water solubility, compared to other propellants.
  • It has frequently been used with aqueous aerosols.

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