BUTYL CARBITOL (C8H18O2)
Butyl Carbitol, also known as 2-Butoxyethanol, is a solvent that is typically produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide and butanol in the presence of an acidic catalyst. The reaction results in the formation of 2-butoxyethanol and butyl Cellosolve, which is then purified and blended to form Butyl Carbitol. Butyl Carbitol is known for its solvency power, low volatility, and low toxicity.
Appearance: clear, colorless solvent
Taste: Mild, sweet taste
Molecular weight: 146.2 g/mol
Boiling point: 230-240°C
Flash point: 78°C
Density: 0.94 g/mL (20°C)
Refractive index: 1.432 (20°C)
Viscosity: 1.44 cP (20°C)
- Is soluble in water, alcohols, and many organic solvents
- Butyl Carbitol is a solvent blend composed of 2-butoxyethanol and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether.
- It is non-flammable, and has a low evaporation rate.
- Butyl Carbitol is used as an adjuvant in many herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.
- It helps to increase the efficacy of these agrochemicals by improving their wetting, dispersing, and emulsifying properties.
- It is a versatile, low–volatilitysolvent that is used as a cleaning agent, degreaser, and corrosion inhibitor in metal working operations.
- It is known for its ability to dissolve resins, making it an effective ingredient in cleaning and degreasing agents.
- It is commonly used as a solvent in printing inks due to its low evaporation rate, good solvency, and low toxicity. This makes it a popular choice for use in a wide range of printing applications, including offset printing, flexographic printing, and gravure printing.
- It is known for its excellent solvency power for resins, waxes, and dyes and its ability to dissolve a wide range of substances.
- Butyl Carbitol can be used in the finishing of textiles as a lubricant to enhance the feel and softness of the fabric.
- Butyl Carbitol can help dissolve ingredients and improve the texture and spreadability of products.
- Butyl Carbitol is sometimes used as a component in brake fluid formulations to improve its properties, such as its boiling point, viscosity, and stability. When used as a component in brake fluid, Butyl Carbitol helps to improve the performance and longevity of the fluid, which helps to ensure the proper functioning of the braking system.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and eye protection, to prevent skin and eye irritation.
- Use in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhalation of vapors.
- Store Butyl Carbitol in a cool, dry place, away from sources of ignition.
- Avoid mixing with strong acids and bases, as this can cause a release of heat and/or toxic fumes.
- Keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Always read and follow the product label and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for specific handling and disposal instructions.