Propylene Oxide

Definition - What does Propylene Oxide mean?

Propylene Oxide is a chemical compound that is organic in nature and acts as a chemical intermediate in many chemical processes used in industries. Propylene Oxide easily reacts with compounds which have active hydrogen atoms like amines or acids. It is an essential component used to make several versatile products including propylene glycols, propylene glycol ethers, and polyether polyols. Besides, it is used as a monomer during the production of polymers or in the synthesis of some substances.

Petropedia explains Propylene Oxide

Propylene Oxide is manufactured on a large scale as it is used for manufacturing of polyether polyols that are used in polyurethane plastics. It was also used in racing fuels however it is prohibited due to some safety reasons by US NHRA. However, 2% of the compound is used as glow fuel in surface vehicles and model aircraft as an additive to methanol, oil mix, and nitromethane. Some other uses of Propylene Oxide are:

  • It is used in thermobaric weapons
  • It is used in microbial fumigation
  • It is used in preparing biological samples for electron microscopy

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