2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

2-EH Acid; 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid

Paint & varnish drier; manufacture of esters for use as plasticizers; development of emollients.

Why source 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid from Neuchem?

  • Neuchem enjoys relationships with two world-class producers of 2-Ethylhexanoic Acid, enabling us to supply our customers drums, totes and bulk with minimal lead times and cost savings.
  • As an integral link in your supply chain, we deliver raw materials to your doorstep in a secure, cost-competitive, and friendly environment.
  • Neuchem carefully selects our suppliers to guarantee high quality materials on a consistent basis.

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One of the major applications of 2-EHA is in the production of plasticizers, particularly dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and diisononyl phthalate (DINP). These plasticizers are added to PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and other polymers to improve their flexibility, durability, and workability. They find extensive use in the manufacturing of vinyl flooring, wire and cable insulation, automotive parts, and other plastic products.

Paints and Coatings
2-Ethylhexanoic acid is utilized as a raw material in the production of alkyd resins and acrylic emulsions for paints and coatings. It acts as a drier and improves the film-forming properties of the coatings. Additionally, it is employed in the synthesis of metal carboxylates (metal soaps) which function as driers and catalysts in coatings formulations.

Lubricants and Greases
In the lubricant industry, 2-EHA is used as a building block for the synthesis of synthetic lubricants and greases. It can be esterified with various alcohols to produce ester-based lubricants with desirable properties such as high thermal stability, low volatility, and excellent lubricity.

2-Ethylhexanoic acid serves as a key intermediate in the synthesis of pharmaceutical compounds, including active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and pharmaceutical intermediates. It is employed in the production of various drugs such as antibiotics, antivirals, and anti-inflammatory agents.

This compound is utilized in the formulation of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides in the agrochemical industry. It can function as a solvent, emulsifier, or surfactant in pesticide formulations, contributing to their stability, dispersibility, and efficacy.

Adhesives and Sealants
2-EHA is used in the formulation of adhesives, sealants, and caulks due to its ability to improve the adhesion and cohesion properties of these products. It can be incorporated into solvent-based or water-based adhesive formulations to enhance performance.

Fuel Additives
In the fuel industry, 2-Ethylhexanoic acid is employed as a component in fuel additives, particularly in gasoline and diesel formulations. It can improve fuel stability, detergency, and lubricity, contributing to better engine performance and emissions control.

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Paints and Coatings

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