|Chemical Abstract Number (CAS #)||
|Synonyms||2-Ethoxyethanol||Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether
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|Use|| SOLVENT FOR NITROCELLULOSE, LACQUERS AND DOPES; INCR STABILITY
OF EMULSIONS; USED IN VARNISH REMOVERS, CLEANSING SOLN, DYE BATHS;
FINISHING LEATHER WITH WATER PIGMENTS AND DYE SOLN
CHEM INT FOR 2-ETHOXYETHYL ACETATE, A SOLVENT
SOLVENT FOR EPOXY & OTHER COATINGS
SOLVENT FOR PRINTING INKS & DUPLICATING FLUIDS
OTHER SOLVENT USES, EG, ADHESIVES
Natural and synthetic resins; metal solvent for formulation of soluble oils; lacquers and lacquer
thinners, dyeing and printing textiles, varnish removers, anti-icing additive for aviation fuels.
|Consumption Patterns|| CHEM INT FOR 2-ETHOXYETHYL ACETATE, 48%; SOLVENT FOR EPOXY &
OTHER COATINGS, 9%; GENERAL SOLVENT USES (EG, PRINTING INKS &
DUPLICATING FLUIDS), 4%; EXPORTS, 38% (1983)
|Apparent Color|| COLORLESS LIQUID
|Boiling Point|| 135 DEG C @ 760 MM HG
|Molecular Weight|| 90.12
|Density|| SP GR: 0.931 @ 20 DEG C/20 DEG C
|Odor Threshold Concentration|| GREATER THAN 255 PPM.
HUMAN VOLUNTEERS WITH SOME WORK EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL
ENVIRONMENTS REPORTED THAT ODOR LEVELS OF 125 PPM WERE
|Sensitivity Data|| NOT SIGNIFICANTLY IRRITATING TO SKIN, SLIGHTLY IRRITATING TO EYES
AND MUCOUS MEMBRANES
|Environmental Impact|| Release of ethylene glycol monoethyl ether to the environment is expected to result from
its use as a solvent in a variety of products. Release to the soil is expected to result in
volatilization from the soil surface and leaching to groundwater. Biodegradation is expected to be
significant. Release to water will result in volatilization from the water surface and
biodegradation. Minimal adsorption to sediments is expected and bioconcentration is not expected
to be significant. Release to the atmosphere is expected to result in rapid degradation by nitrogen
dioxides and the estimated half-life for the reaction between vapor phase ethylene glycol
monoethyl ether and photochemically generated hydroxyl radicals is 11.41 hr. Human exposure to
ethylene glycol monoethyl ether is expected to result primarily from industrial use of the
compound and the presence of ethylene glycol monoethyl ether in a variety of con
|Environmental Fate|| TERRESTRIAL FATE: Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether is not expected to tightly bind to
soils and so may leach to groundwater and volatilization from the soil surface may occur.
Biodegradation may also be significant.
AQUATIC FATE: Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether is expected to volatilize readily from the
water surface and biodegradation is expected to be significant. Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether is
not expected to bind tightly to sediments.
ATMOSPHERIC FATE: Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether is expected to react rapidly with
nitrogen dioxides in the atmosphere and with hydroxyl radicals with an estimated half-life of 11.41
|Drinking Water Impact|| Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether was detected in the Hayashida River water (Japan) -
250-1200 ppb .