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2-Ethyl Hexanol (2-EH)

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Product Description

2-Ethyl Hexanol (2-EH) is a clear high-boiling point and low volatility solvent, uniform, nontoxic liquid with a characteristic odor, insoluble in water, soluble in organic solvent. It is obtained indirectly in OXO synthesis from propylene (C3H6) and synthesis gas (CO + H2)

It is also known as Octanol (C8 alcohol)



Spec. DescriptionUnitValueTest Method
Puritywt.%99.5 min.GC
Acidity as acetic acidwt.%0.01 max.IS 323 – 1959
Waterwt.%0.1 max.IS 2362 -1963
ColorAPHA10IS 4161 -1967


Physical PropertiesUnitValue
Distillation range°C, 1 atm183 – 185
Specific gravity@ 20/20°C0.833 – 0.834
Color Clear & Colorless

Chemical formula

– Semi-structural formula C8H18O

CAS: 104-76-7


Safety Information 
Skin Irritation
Molecular Formula

• Readily forms esters with various acids
• Very limited miscibility with water
• Low volatility solvent
• Enhances flow and gloss in baking finishes
• Non-HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) Solvent

  • Main application is as a feed stock in the manufacture of low volatility esters, the most important of it is Di-Octyl Phthalate (DOP or DEHP)
  • As low volatility Solvent for resins, animal fats, vegetable oils etc.
  • As low-volatility ingredient in solvent blends for dye stuffs & coating industries
  • Additive in dispersing & wetting agents for pigment pastes.
  • Feed stock in the manufacture of Ethoxylates & extractents for heavy metals.
  • Used in the production of derivatives like Di-Octyl Adipate, Di-Octyl Maleate, etc.
  • Feed stock in the manufacture of 2-Ethyl Hexyl Sulphate which is used as a surfactant for Electrolytes.
  • Used in the production of 2-Ethyl hexyl esters, which serves as thermal stabilizers and antioxidants/plastics.
  • Used in anti-foams for almost all aqueous systems.


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