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Benzyl alcohol applications

Post  kokoblue on Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:34 pm

Benzyl alcohol is an organic compound with the formula C6H5CH2OH. The benzyl group is often abbreviated "Bn", thus benzyl alcohol is denoted as BnOH. Benzyl alcohol is a colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odor. It is a useful solvent due to its polarity, low toxicity, and low vapor pressure. Benzyl alcohol is partially soluble in water (4 g/100 mL) and completely miscible in alcohols and diethyl ether.
Benzyl alcoholis used as a general solvent for inks, paints, lacquers, and epoxy resin coatings. It is also a precursor to a variety of esters, used in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries. It is often added to intravenous medication solutions as a preservative due to its bacteriostatic and antipruritic properties. It is also used as a photographic developer. And Benzyl alcohol is also used as a bacteriostatic preservative at low concentration in intravenous medications.
In addition ,Benzyl alcohol, or a derivative thereof, is also used as a:
• solvent in paint stripper and waterborne coatings applications
• curing agent epoxy coating industry
• chemical intermediate for synthesis of target molecules used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, preservatives, and flavoring & fragrance agents.

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