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Ethanediol Uses and Applications
Ethanediol is mainly used as a raw material in the textile and plastic industry, or in antifreeze products and as a cooling agent.
Cooling agent: Ethanediol is a popular cooling agent in cars or air conditioning systems, in particular if they have to work at below freezing temperatures. This compound not only lowers the freezing point but it also increases the boiling point, broadening the operation range for an engine at both ends of the scale. However, pure ethanediol has a heat capacity lower than water and should not be used as an engine coolant in this form
Antifreeze: Ethanediol effectively disrupts hydrogen bonding in water, lowering the freezing point of the mixture. For example, a mixture of 40% water and 60% ethanediol freezes at -45 degree Celsius (- 49 Fahrenheit)
Raw material: Ethanediol is used in the manufacture of polyester fibres used in textiles, and polyethylene terephthalate resins used in plastic bottles
Desiccant: Due to its high affinity to water, ethanediol is commonly used in the lab as a desiccant. In industrial settings, this compound is also used to inhibit the formation of gas clathrates in natural gas pipelines
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Hazard Statement Code
Harmful if swallowed.
May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure.
Precautionary Statement Code
Do not breathe vapour/ spray.
Dispose of contents/ container in accordance with local regulations.
Wash contaminated skin thoroughly after handling.
IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER/ doctor if you feel unwell.
Get medical advice/ attention if you feel unwell.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
ReAgent supplies ethanediol online in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums. We also offer nationwide next-day delivery and discounts are available on bulk orders.
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Also known as ethylene glycol or ethane-1,2-diol, ethanediol is an organic compound with the formula C2H6O2. It is a vital ingredient in the manufacture of polyester fibres in the textile industry and polyethylene terephlate resins in the plastic industry. Its also commonly used in antifreeze formulations, as a coolant or as a desiccant in the lab.
Some chemical and physical properties include:
Molecular formula: C2H6O2
Molar mass: 62.07 g/mol
Alternative Names: 1,2-ethanediol, ethane-1,2 ethylene glycol, mono-ethylene glycol
Appearance: Odourless and colourless viscous solution with a sweet taste
Solubility: Miscible in water and most organic solvents, but only slightly soluble in aliphatic hydrocarbons
Corrosive with some plastics
This compound can be synthesised from ethylene oxide, which is converted to ethanediol in the presence of water. This reaction can be conducted at high temperatures or in the presence of a catalyst.
Yields above 90% can be achieved in the presence of an acidic catalyst in excess water, minimising the production of by-products like diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol. An alternative method involves conversion of ethylene oxide to ethylene carbonate in the presence of carbon dioxide, which subsequently reacts with water to generate mono-ethylene glycol.
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