1,1,1-Tris(hydroxymethyl)ethane is an intermediate in the production of alkyd and polyester resins, powder coating resins, synthetic lubricants based on polyol esters, stabilizers for plastics, plasticizers, and pigment coatings. It is used in some phase change materials.
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