Ethoxy Propanol is used in a range of industrial, professional, and consumer applications as it provides good solvency due to its’ bi-functional nature. It is miscible with both polar and non-polar substances and is an effective solvent for a wide variety of resins, which include epoxies, acrylic, alkyds, polyesters, nitrocellulose, and polyurethanes. It also provides low toxicity and this is another property which is valued by the users.
Ethoxy Propanol is employed mainly in the surface coating and printing industries as it can regulate the flow, levelling, and coalescence of both surface coatings (including water-based paints), and of flexographic printing inks. It is also utilised as a chemical intermediate in the production of agro-chemicals and in the production of de-icing/anti-icing formulations.
Ethoxy Propanol is also utilised in the cleaning industry where it provides cleaning formulations with surface tension reduction, a fast evaporation rate, and low toxicity.
New markets may open up for Ethoxy Propanol as it can provide a solvent power, viscosity, and volatility that is similar to the ethylene oxide-based glycol ethers which are now facing some pressure from air and workplace regulations around the world. Ethoxy propanol can provide higher workplace exposure limits and, at present, is not listed as a HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) by the US Federal Government Clean Air Act.