A light-color liquid commonly called bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate. Dioctyl phthalate is used as a plasticizer in cellulose acetate, cellulose acetate butyrate, polystyrene, vinyl chloride, and vinyl chloride acetate polymers. Polymers may contain DOP in concentrations of 1-40%. The European Commission has banned the use of many phthalates, including DOP, in PVC toys.
Synonyms and Related Terms
DOP; DEHP; di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate; bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate; di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate
Miscible in mineral oil. Insoluble in water.
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 390.5|
Hazards and Safety
Suspected carcinogen. Irritant to eyes, nose, lungs, and skin. Combustible. Flash point = 215 C
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1291