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Also known as ethylene glycol or ethane-1,2-diol, ethanediol is an organic compound with the formula C2H6O2. It is a vital ingredient in the manufacture of polyester fibres in the textile industry and polyethylene terephlate resins in the plastic industry. It’s also commonly used in antifreeze formulations, as a coolant or as a desiccant in the lab.Some chemical and physical properties include:
Molecular formula: C2H6O2
Molar mass: 62.07 g/mol
Alternative Names: 1,2-ethanediol, ethane-1,2 ethylene glycol, mono-ethylene glycol
Appearance: Odourless and colourless viscous solution with a sweet taste
Solubility: Miscible in water and most organic solvents, but only slightly soluble in aliphatic hydrocarbons
Corrosive with some plastics
This compound can be synthesised from ethylene oxide, which is converted to ethanediol in the presence of water. This reaction can be conducted at high temperatures or in the presence of a catalyst.Yields above 90% can be achieved in the presence of an acidic catalyst in excess water, minimising the production of by-products like diethylene glycol, triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol. An alternative method involves conversion of ethylene oxide to ethylene carbonate in the presence of carbon dioxide, which subsequently reacts with water to generate mono-ethylene glycol.
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