Butyl Glycol

Butyl Glycol

Butyl glycol is a clear, colorless oily liquid with a high boiling point, low volatility and a mild fruity odour. Like other glycol ethers, it has a bi-functional nature, containing both an ether and an alcohol group in the same molecule. It is fully miscible with water and a wide range of organic solvents. This excellent miscibility makes it a versatile solvent and coupling agent which offers excellent performance features in a wide range of applications.

Its bi-functional nature also means that is displays the typical reactions of an alcohol, ie. esterification, etherification, oxidation and the formation of acetates and alcoholates, as well as those of an ether, forming peroxide in the presence of atmospheric oxygen.

This chemical is produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide and normal butanol (n-butanol) in the presence of a catalyst.

Synonyms: BG, 2-butoxyethanol, glycol monobutyl ether, ethylene glycol monobutyl ether, 2-Butoxy-1-ethanol, Ethylene glycol butyl ether (EGBE)

This chemical ether provides excellent performance in coatings, cleaners, and many other types of products. It is one of the fastest evaporating glycol ethers. Butyl glycol ether is compatible with a wide range of resin types, and it also offers 100% water solubility.

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Coatings & Construction


2-butoxyethanol, Butyl Cellosolve, Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether

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