Diethylene Glycol


Chemical formula: C4 H10 O3
Density: 1.118 g/cm3
CAS: 11-46-6


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Diethylene Glycol (DEG)

Trade name of the product: diethylene glycol (DEG)

Chemical name of the compound: 2.2’-oxydiethanol

Synonyms: 2.2’-oxydiethanol; bis(2-hydroxyethyl) ether; diglycol; 2-hydroxyethyl ether; 2-(2-hydroxyethoxy)ethanol; 2-(2-hydroxy-ethoxy)-ethanol; 2-(2-hydroxyethoxy)-ethanol; 2,2’-dihydroxyethylether; 2,2’-oxybis-ethanol; 2,2’-oxydi-ethanol; 2,2’-oxyethanol; 2,2-di(hydroxyethyl) ether

Chemical and physical properties:
clear, colorless and odorless liquid with a slightly sweetish taste, hygroscopic, with a low volatileness. It is an excellent solvent for water-insoluble chemical compounds and drugs.

Used among others to produce unsaturated polyester resins, thermoplastic polyurethanes and plastifiers, as an additive in producing glass and cement, furniture, shoe polishes, printing inks, plaster boards, emulsifiers and anti-freezes, beauty products, lubricants, brake fluids, wallpaper removers and as an agent heating up or cooling down the fuel.

Health safety:
If swallowed, it can cause: sleepiness, alimentary tract disorders and muscle weakness. If consumed in big quantities, it can cause the degeneration of the kidneys and the liver, and death. The liquid can cause a slight irritation of the skin. High concentrations can cause a slight irritation of the air passages.

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