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
- Suspected carcinogen.
- Irritant to eyes, nose, lungs, and skin.
- Combustible. Flash point = 215 C
- Millipore Sigma: SDS
Physical and Chemical Properties
Miscible in mineral oil. Insoluble in water.
|Melting Point||-50 C|
|Molecular Weight||mol. wt. = 390.5|
|Boiling Point||231 C|
Resources and Citations
- The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 1291