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.