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1,2,6-Hexanetriol is used as moisturizing agent (cremes), as solvent (pharmaceuticals) and as crosslinker in plastics. It acts as wetting agent of tobacco and special hydraulic fluid. It is used in the production of alkyd resins, celluloid, polyurethane and synthetic rubber.
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Hans Forsman. Dielectric relaxation of 1,2,6-hexanetriol at frequencies from 1 mHz to 10 MHz and at pressures to 1 GPa.Molecular Physics: An International Journal at the Interface Between Chemistry and Physics.1988,63 65-75.