How Is Toluene Made

How Is Toluene Made?

Toluene, which is also known as toluol, is a colourless solution which smells a little like paint thinner. Its main uses are as a raw material for industry, and as a solvent – it can dissolve paint, rubber, ink, and adhesives. But how is toluene made? How is Toluene Made? Low levels of toluene are found in crude oil, and naturally [...]

An image showing Isopropyl Alcohol (Laboratory Use) in a 25 litre container

Isopropyl Alcohol vs Rubbing Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol, which is also known as isopropanol and propan-2-ol, comes in different grades and has a large variety of applications in many different industries. What is Isopropyl Alcohol? Isopropyl alcohol is a common compound in the alcohol family, a multi-purpose chemical which is widely-used as a solvent because of its ability to dissolve oils and resins, amongst other things. It [...]

A surgeon scrubbing his hands with sanitiser, which contains Isopropanol

What Is Isopropanol Used For?

Isopropanol, which is also known as isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and propan-2-ol, has a range of applications across many industries. It comes in various grades, each one having different uses. It is also one of the most common compounds of the alcohol family, and one of the most widely-used solvents in the world. What is Isopropanol? Firstly, let’s look at what isopropanol [...]

Methylated spirits on a chemistry laboratory workspace

What Are Methylated Spirits?

Commonly used methylated spirits is a general-purpose alcohol which is not fit for drinking. This is because approximately 10% methanol has been added to it, along with additives such as isopropyl alcohol, acetone, methyl ethyl ketone, and methyl isobutyl ketone. The methanol is where the name ‘methylated spirits’ comes from. Also called denatured alcohol, methylated spirits has these chemicals added [...]

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