Product Spotlight: 2-Ethylhexanol | Berryman Chemical

2-Ethylhexanol Formula

2-Ethylhexanol is an organic compound that derives its name from a primary alcohol known as a hexan-ol, which contains the ethyl group at the 2 position. It is known synonymously as 2-ethyl-1-hexanol or xi-2-ethyl-1-hexanol. , Molecular formula C. Is8h18O and this compound is commonly abbreviated as 2-EH or 2EH. naturally occurring chemical In corn, olive oil, tobacco, tea, blueberries and alcoholic beverages.

2-ETHYLHEXANOL . properties of

The average molecular weight of this compound is about 130.23 g/mol. 2-Ethylhexanol belongs to a class of organic compounds known as fatty alcohols, and is a colorless liquid that is less soluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents. It melts at -76 °C and boils between 183–185 °C and has an intense and unpleasant taste with a characteristic odor. 2-Ethylhexanol reacts violently with oxidants and strong bases while it readily forms esters with various acids. When heated or burned, the substance decomposes by emitting pungent smoke and fumes. It is a low-volatile solvent and the heat of combustion of 2-ethylhexanol is -1263.81 kcal/mol at 25 °C while the heat of vaporization is about 10.8 kcal/mol at the boiling point.


2-Ethylhexanol is used in the manufacture of:

  • soap detergent
  • protective coat
  • lubricant
  • herbicides
  • paint

It is also used for:

  • In the processing of other solvents
  • as a food additive

industrial application

Industry can use 2-ethylhexanol

  • oil and gas extraction
  • production of cosmetics
  • Manufacture of plastic and rubber products
  • photo and film development
  • Manufacture of anti-foam agents used in the textile and paper industries

it a. can be used as

  • plating agent and surface treatment agent
  • adhesive and sealant
  • Corrosion inhibitor and anti-scaling agent
  • intermediate industrial fuel
  • general industrial coating

security and danger

Like other chemicals, 2-ethylhexanol needs to be handled with care and implementation of safety measures. Some harmful effects this compound can cause if not handled properly are:

  • skin irritation
  • severe eye damage or irritation
  • breathing problems when inhaling
  • Headache, dizziness, nausea and fatigue


When handling 2-ethylhexanol make sure you:

  • avoid inhaling the vapor
  • Handle open packages with protective gloves
  • Wash any part of your body with plenty of water that comes into contact with the compound
  • stay away from sources of fire
  • Dispose of contaminated gloves after use where necessary
  • use protective glasses
  • Keep the container containing this compound tightly closed in a dry, ventilated place

Even though is a non-natural source of 2-EH, it can also be produced by the decomposition of plasticizers by microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Synthetic building materials also make it. it is found in fruits Such as cassava, raw and roasted ground almonds, raw beef and duck meat. 2-EH is less toxic to aquatic organisms and has less adverse effects on the environment.

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