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2-Ethyl-1-hexanol is used as a flavor, fragrance and plasticizer. It is used to prepare diesters bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. It reacts with nitric acid and used as an octane booster. Its ester, 2-ethylhexyl ester is a component of sunscreen octocrylene. Further, it is used as a low volatility solvent for resins, animal fats, waxes, vegetable oils and petroleum derivatives. In addition to this, it is used in plasticizer, dioctyl phthalate, which is used in the production of polyvinyl chloride products.
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Gilani, A. G.; Gilani, H. G.; Saadat, S. L. S. Solubility and tie line data for the aqueous solutions of butyric acid with 1-octanol and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol at various temperatures. Fluid Phase Equilib. 2014, 361, 45-53.
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H227-H332-H315-H319-H335
Combustible liquid. Harmful if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Avoid release to the environment. Wear protective gloves. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.