A colorless, thick, hygroscopic liquid that is used as a finishing agent for fabrics (wool, cotton, rayon, and silk), tobacco, leather, sponges, paper products, and cork. As a finishing agent, diethylene glycol prevents materials from drying out and becoming stiff or hard. Diethylene glycol is used as a lubricant, plasticizer, surfactant, and solvent in many types of polymers, adhesives, varnishes, paints, inks, and dyes.
See also ethylene glycol
Synonyms and Related Terms
2,2'-oxybisethanol; dihydroxydiethyl ether; diglycol; DEG; oxydiethanol
Miscible with water, ethanol, ether, acetone, ethylene glycol. Insoluble in benzene, toluene and carbon tetrachloride.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 106.1|
Hazards and Safety
Toxic by ingestion. Skin contact may cause redness. Reacts strongly with oxidants.
Combustible. Flash point = 124C
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 303
- Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
- Michael McCann, Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York City, 1979 Comment: flash point = 140C
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983
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- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, Robert Weast (ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, v. 61, 1980 Comment: ref. index= 1.445