Ethylene glycol monoethyl ether

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The first in a series of "Cellosolve®" solvents based on glycol ethers. This colorless, odorless liquid is miscible with both water and most organic solvents. Cellosolve® dissolves many oils, resins, and waxes. It is used as a solvent for Cellulose nitrate resins, spray lacquers, varnishes, and enamels. Cellosolve® is also used in varnish removers and Dry cleaning solutions. Other applications include use in Dye baths, Leather finishing and as an Emulsifier.

Synonyms and Related Terms

2-ethoxyethanol; ethylene glycol ethyl ether; Cellosolve® [Union Carbide]; Oxitol [Shell]; Poly-Solv [Olin]; Dowanol EE {Dow]


  • Combustible. Flash point= 111F.
  • Toxic by skin absorption, ingestion and inhalation.
  • Parchem: SDS
  • EPA lists ethoxyethanol as hazardous waste due to its toxicity and ignitability; concentrations over 10% must be disposed of appropriately

Physical and Chemical Properties

Miscible with water, ethanol, ether, acetone, liquid esters.

Composition CH2OH-CH2-O-C2H5
CAS 110-80-5
Melting Point -70 C
Density 0.931 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=90.14
Boiling Point 135 C

Resources and Citations

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  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
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