2 Ethyl hexanol is a clear solvent made up of 2-Ethyl-1-hexanol, 2-Ethylhexyl Alcohol, Isooctanol and Octyl Alcohol. It has a high boiling point and a characteristic odour. It is miscible with most organic solvents but has only limited miscibility in water.
2 Ethyl hexanol is a low-volatility solvent which will readily form esters with a broad range of acids. Its key advantages are that it is a non-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) solvent, and gives enhanced flow and gloss in baking finishes.
Synonyms: Alcohol c8; 1-ethyl-n-amylcarbinol; 2-ethylhexyl alcohol; 2-ethyl-1-hexanol; 2EH; isooctanol, octyl alcohol, ethyl-1-hexanol, 2-; FEMA 3151
Applications of 2 Ethyl hexanol
2 Ethyl hexanol is primarily used in the production of plasticizers and also of 2-ethyl hexylacrylate, a monomer which is used to modify acrylic and methacrylic polyesters, as a diesel additive and in lubrication oil.
It is also used in the manufacture of low-volatility esters such as dioctylphthalate, in ethoxylates, coatings and herbicides, as a solvent for resins, animal fats, vegetable oil, wax and petroleum derivatives and in extractant production for heavy metal mining,
Storage and Handling
Eye contact with 2 ethyl hexanol can with cause severe irritation and corneal injury. Excessive inhalation of the vapour or mist may cause irritation to the respiratory system and depress the central nervous system. Appropriate precautions including adequate ventilation and the wearing of the necessary personal protective equipment such as impermeable gloves and body suit and eye goggles must be observed to avoid exposure.
2-ethylhexanol is a combustible material. Avoid exposure to high temperatures, ignition sources, strong acids and strong oxidizers.