Other names: 2-(2-Butoxyethoxy)ethanol, DEG monobutyl ether, Butyldiglycol, Butyl carbitol, Butyl digol.

Diethylene glycol butyl ether (2-(2-Butoxyethoxy)ethanol), a Glycol ether solvent, is a clear liquid with a very low odour and high boiling point. It serves as a solvent for paints and varnishes, in the chemical industry, household detergents, brewing chemicals and textile processing. Also, the substance is used as raw material in the chemical synthesis.

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Diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (DEGBE)is produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide and n-butanol with an alkalic catalyst.

In pesticide products, DEGBE acts as an inert ingredient as a deactivator for formulation before the crop emerges from the soil and as a stabilizer. DEGBE is also a chemical intermediate for the synthesis of diethylene glycol monobutyl ether acetatediethylene glycol dibutyl ether, and piperonyl acetate, and as a solvent in high baked enamels. Other applications of DEGBE are as a dispersant for vinyl chloride resins in organosols, a diluent for hydraulic brake fluids, and a mutual solvent for soapoil, and water in household cleaners. The textile industry uses DEGBE as a wetting-out solution. DEGBE is also a solvent for nitrocelluloseoilsdyesgumssoaps, and polymers. DEGBE is also used as coupling solvent in liquid cleaners, cutting fluids, and textile auxiliaries. In the printing industry, DEGBE applications include: solvent in lacquers, paints, and printing inks; high boiling point solvent to improve gloss and flow properties; and used as a solubilizer in mineral oil products.