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Ethanediol (General Use)

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We supply ethanediol for general use in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums, with discounts available for bulk orders over 4 items. With over 40 years’ experience in this field, we’ve built an enviable reputation for high-quality products and excellent customer service. Simply contact us for further information or free technical advice.


Ethanediol Uses and Applications

Ethanediol is mainly used as a raw material in the textile and plastic industry, or in antifreeze products and as a cooling agent.

  • Cooling agent: Ethanediol is a popular cooling agent in cars or air conditioning systems, in particular if they have to work at below freezing temperatures. This compound not only lowers the freezing point but it also increases the boiling point, broadening the operation range for an engine at both ends of the scale. However, pure ethanediol has a heat capacity lower than water and should not be used as an engine coolant in this form
  • Antifreeze: Ethanediol effectively disrupts hydrogen bonding in water, lowering the freezing point of the mixture. For example, a mixture of 40% water and 60% ethanediol freezes at -45 degree Celsius (- 49 Fahrenheit)
  • Raw material: Ethanediol is used in the manufacture of polyester fibres used in textiles, and polyethylene terephthalate resins used in plastic bottles
  • Desiccant: Due to its high affinity to water, ethanediol is commonly used in the lab as a desiccant. In industrial settings, this compound is also used to inhibit the formation of gas clathrates in natural gas pipelines


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3547Ethanediol (General Use)publish2588 - 2588 - SDS20805.pdf

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ReAgent supplies ethanediol online in 2.5L and 25L containers, as well as 200L drums. We also offer nationwide next-day delivery and discounts are available on bulk orders.

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About Ethanediol

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
  • Melting point: -12.9 degree Celsius (8.8 Fahrenheit)
  • Boiling point: 197.3 degree Celsius (387.1 Fahrenheit)
  • 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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