Diethylene Glycol

Definition - What does Diethylene Glycol mean?

Diethylene Glycol is an organic compound that has a chemical formula of C4 H10 O3, and is widely used as a solvent. It can poison the human body if consumed directly. If mixed in consumer products, it is considered to be a contaminating agent. It is colorless, odorless, and poisonous and has a sweetish taste. It is readily used in the production of unsaturated polyester resin (UPR), acrylate, methacrylate, plasticizers resin and urethanes.

Petropedia explains Diethylene Glycol

Diethylene Glycol is produced as a co-product of Ethylene Glycol and Triethylene Glycol. Any petrochemical industry, tries to maximize the production of Diethylene Glycol and ethylene glycol because of their variety of applications in the oil and gas industry. It is used in natural gas pipelines when they go under the sea where temperatures are extremely low. While in the pipelines under the sea, Ethylene Glycol prevents blockages from freezing temperatures and aids in the reduction of corrosion. It is also used in Plastic industries as it is an important predecessor to polyester fibers. When Ethylene Glycol containing products are diffused, it enters the environment especially in airports where it is used in de-icing agents for runways and airplanes.

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