Monopropylene glycol is a colourless, viscous compound liquid. It is miscible with a large range of solvents including water, acetone and chloroform. It’s a common type of propylene glycerol, along with its brother chemicals dipropylene glycerol and tripropylene glycerol.The structure of monoropylene gycerol contains an asymmetrical carbon atom which means that there are two possible stereoisomers. It is produced through synthesis by the hydration of propylene oxide in a non-catalytic reaction, at 200 oC, and has a chemical formula of C3H8O2.This compound has a low toxicity rating if exposed to. Please note that it is NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
Uses of Monopropylene Glycol
Mono propylene glycol has found its place in various industries due to its relatively low toxicity. It is available in two grades: first grade and industrial grade. Below are some ways in which these grades are commonly used.
First Grade Mono Propylene Glycol
In the food industry as a humectant (with the e number E1520)
In pharmaceuticals as a solvent
In the cosmetic industry as a humectant in moisturisers, shampoos and other products
In e-cigarettes as one of the liquid components
Industrial Grade Mono Propylene Glycol
As a deicer and antifreeze ingredient for cars, aircrafts and boats
As a coolant in engines, aircrafts and air conditioning units
As an intermediate in the production of paints, varnishes and printing inks
In the production of unsaturated polyster resins, such as bathtubs, tanks and pipes
Buy Monopropylene Glycol from UK Suppliers
ReAgent is a leading UK chemical supplier with a wealth of experience and accreditations at its fingertips. We sell monopropylene glycol in containers of 2.5 litres up to 200 litre drums. Precautions must be taken at all times when handling chemicals – please refer to this chemical’s safety data sheet for full guidance.