2 Etyl Hexanol

Cas No: 104-76-7           
EINESC No: 203-234-3
Molecular weight: 130.231 g/mol  

Chemical Formula:  C8H18O
Chemical Structure:

Physical Properties

Genel özellikler:  Colorless, liquid

Odor:  characteristic, fruity

Intensity:  833 g/cm3

Boiling point: 184 ° C

Melting point: −76 °C

Flash point:  81 °C

Vapor pressure:  30 Pa (20 °C)

Refraction index:  1.431 nD

Solubility: –


2 Etyl Hexanol is produced by hydrogenizing hydroxyaldehyde, which is acquired from aldon condensation of n butyraldehyde. This way, it is  produced by 2.500.000 tons every year.

Solvent Properties

It can be used as a solvent for polyacrylates, polyvinyl ethers, collophane, ‘shallac’, drying oils and non-drying oils, modified resins, maleic resins, cyclohexenone resins, urea formaldehyde and phenol formaldehyde resins.


2 Etyl Hexanol is used as high-boiling solvent. When used in low amaounts, it increases liquidity in thawing frozen varnishes and in baking enamels.

Phenol or melamine formaldehyde regulates the liquidity of resin based alkids and enamels. It can be used as wetting agent or dispersator for reducing the particle size of dyes and pigments. It can also be used as low volatile solvent for printer ink, spray paint, dipping lacquers and screen paint. It can also be used as low volatile solvent for disinfectants and pesticides.

Its anti-foaming properties makes it ideal for textile dyeing business.

The produced 2 Etyl Hexanol is mainly used as estering agent in softener productions. Especially in phthalic based ones. It is the standard softener for Di 2 ethylhexyl phosphate polyvinyl chlorid.

Safety Measures and Toxic Values

Basen on the experimenting on animals, 2 Etyl Hexanol’s toxic values are very low. No health problems have been reported after years of industrial use.