2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

2-Ethylhexanoic Acid is a colorless to light yellow, liquid organic compound. It is widely used in the preparation of metal derivatives that are soluble in nonpolar organic solvents. The highly toxic, combustible carboxylic acid is used to make paint dryers and plasticizers.


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The molecular formula for 2-Ethylhexoic acid is C8H16O2 or CH3(CH2)3CH(C2H5)COOH.

CAS is 149-57-5.

The liquid organic compound has a mild odor, is highly corrosive to metals and tissue, and combustible, but difficult to ignite. 2-Ethylhexoic acid is used in the manufacture of adhesives and sealant chemicals, corrosion inhibitors and anti-scaling agents, intermediates, lubricants and lubricant additives, paint and coating additives, and process regulators.

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