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Why Buy Butan-1-ol Online from UK Chemical Suppliers, ReAgent Chemicals?

At ReAgent, we supply Butan-1-ol in 2.5L and 25L containers as well as 200 L drums. Discounts are available for bulk buying. All our products come with a 100% quality guarantee and are usually shipped within 24 hours after purchase.

Four possible isomers

Butanol is a four-carbon alcohol with the chemical formula C4H9OH, which can also be referred to as propylmethanol or butyl alcohol. This alcohol has four possible isomeric structures, ranging from a straight chain primary alcohol to a branched tertiary alcohol. Usually, butan-1-ol refers to the simple long chain, sometimes called n-butanol or 1-butanol.

It’s a colourless solution with a characteristic strong and sweet odour. It is highly corrosive and may attack some forms of plastic rubber and other materials. It can easily be mixed with many other organic solvents and water.

Potential uses in the future?

Potentially an 85% solution of butan-1-ol could become the next biofuel for cars designed to use petrol. Crucially, this would not require any changes to the engine, in contrast to using ethanol. In addition, it contains more energy in a certain volume than alternative alcohols, almost reaching the values obtained with petrol.

Use as a solvent

More traditionally, butan-1-ol is used as solvent in many industrial processes. This includes as a paint thinner or added to lacquers and enamels. It’s also a common ingredient in many products, from brake and hydraulic fluids to perfume and cosmetic products.

Highly toxic compound

Like most other types of alcohol, butan-1-ol is toxic if ingested, but it’s considered safe for use in cosmetics and personal hygiene products. However, direct exposure to concentrated solutions may cause eye and skin irritation. Prolonged inhalation of fumes can also damage the nervous system and may even cause death. It is vital that all handlers wear appropriate protective clothing and operate in a well-ventilated area. Full safety details can be downloaded from our website.

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If you have any queries about butan-1-ol or any other product, simply contact us for a technical question or a quote. A member of staff will be delighted to help you and assist before, during and after your purchase.


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Please note: we only deliver to registered UK businesses at non-residential addresses with a minimum order value of £100 before VAT

We only supply to mainland UK, contact us on 0800 990 3258 for rates to Ireland.

Please notify us if you have specific delivery requirements such as restricted access, requirement for a tail-lift delivery vehicle or pallet truck. Failure to notify us of a special delivery instructions can incur additional charges from our carriers.

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