2-Ethyl Hexanol Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

2-Ethyl Hexanol Properties

2-Ethyl Hexanol

2-Ethyl Hexanol-Product_Structure
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2-Ethyl Hexanol is a branched,eight-carbon, fatty alcohol. It is a colorless liquid that is poorly soluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents. It is produced on a massive scale for use in numerous applications such as solvents, flavors, and fragrances and especially as a precursor for production of other chemicals such as emollients and plasticizers. 2-Ethyl Hexanol can also be used as an octane booster when reacted with nitric acid. 2-Ethyl Hexanol is produced industrially by the aldol condensation of n-butyraldehyde, followed by hydrogenation of the resulting hydroxyaldehyde. It is also used as dispersing agent for pigment pastes. It is used in the production of plasticisers, acrylates, as a solvent in the paint and varnishes industries, as a wetting agent in textile industry, as a agent which improve cetane number in refining industry, it is also used in production of coat forming agents and antifoam agents.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Colorless Liquid
Boiling Point 183-185 °C
CAS Number 104-76-7
Density 0.833 g/cm3
EINECS Number 203-234-3
IUPAC Name 2-Ethylhexan-1-ol
InChI 1S/C8H18O/c1-3-5-6-8(4-2)7-9/h8-9H,3-7H2,1-2H3
Melting Point -76 °C
Molar Mass 130.23 g/mol
Molecular Formula C8H18O
Solubility Insoluble
Synonyms Isooctanol;Isooctyl Alcohol;2-Ethylhexyl Alcohol;Oxooctyl Alcohol;2-Ethylhexanol;2-EH