Ethylene glycol is primarily used in the manufacture of automotive antifreeze/coolant. It is the primary ingredient in airplane deicers. Ethylene glycol is used in hydraulic brake fluids, electrolytic condensers, as solvents in paints and plastics, in inks, as a softening agent in cellophane, and in the manufacture of plasticisers, solvents, synthetic fibres and waxes.
Substance name: Ethylene glycol (1,2-ethanediol)
CASR number: 107-21-1
Molecular formula: C2H6O2
Synonyms: 1,2-ethanediol, EG, glycol, 1,2-dihydroxyethane, glycol alcohol, ethane-1,2-diol, ethylene alcohol, ethylene dihydrate, monoethylene glycol
A colourless, odourless, syruplike liquid It will completely dissolve in water.
Melting Point: -13°C
Boiling Point: 197°C
Specific Gravity: 1.118
The flash point of ethylene glycol is between 111-121°C (different temperatures based upon different sources).
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) holds data for all sources of ethylene glycol emissions in Australia.
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