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Product name cellosolve
Synonyms ethylene glycol monoethyl ether
ethyl cellosolve
GOST 8313-88
CAS 110-80-5

2-Ethoxyethanol is a clear, colorless, flammable liquid with an alcohol-like odor. It is soluble in water, alcohols, glycols, diethyl ether, acetone, chloroform and other organic solvents. Cellosolve is a monoalkyl ether of ethylene glycol. Ethyl cellosolve dissolves cellulose nitrates and acetates. 2-Ethoxyethanol is a toxic compound; absorbes through intact skin or by inhalation.


  • Ethyl cellosolve is manufactured by the reaction of ethyl alcohol with ethylene oxide at 150-200°C and 2-4MPa in the presence of homogeneous (acids, alkalies) or heterogeneous (zeolites, aluminum silicates, silica gels) catalysts:

    CH3CH2OH + (CH2CH2)O --> CH3CH2OCH2CH2OH


    2-Ethoxyethanol is applied:

  • as a common solvent for oils, grease, waxes, varnishes, lacquers, dyes, cellulose nitrates and acetates, natural and synthetic resins, polyvinylacetate and others;
  • as a component of paint, lacquers removers;
  • as a degreasing agent;
  • for clothes chemical cleaning;
  • as an additive to jet fuels as a deicing solution;
  • as an azeotrope agent for separation of alcohols and carbohydrates mixtures;

  • Manufacturer(s) JSC "Nizhnekamskneftekhim" Inc.
    OJSC Himprom Kemerovo
    Chemical structure of cellosolve

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