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Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol

Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol is the fastest evaporating solvent in the glycol ether family. This product offers very high water solubility and active solvency, and is widely used in coating and cleaning applications. It offers better viscosity reduction than heavier molecular weight glycol ethers and is particularly effective in epoxy and high solids acrylic systems.

Chemical Name: 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol
Chemical Family: Propylene Glycol Ether
Other Names:
  • Arcosolv PM
  • Dowanol PM
  • Solvenon PM
  • 2-Methoxy-1-Methyl Ethanol
  • 1- Methoxy-2-Hydroxypropane
Chemical Formula: CH3OCH2CHOHCH3 (Major isomer)

 

Used in: Advantages:
  • Solvent-based coatings
  • Solvent-based gravure and flexographic printing inks
  • Solvent blends for water-based gravure, flexographic, and silk screen printing inks
  • Ball point and felt tip writing pen inks
  • Household and industrial cleaners, rust removers, and hard surface cleaners
  • Excellent active solvency
  • Very fast evaporation rate
  • Low viscosity
  • High dilution ratio
  • Low surface tension

Benefits and Applications

Coatings

Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol provides good solvency for a wide variety of resins including acrylic, epoxies, alkyds, polyesters, nitrocellulose and polyurethanes. Key properties for coating reformulation also include complete water miscibility and good coupling ability.Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol is a good substitute for E-series solvents; particularly, Ethylene glycol methyl ether and Ethylene glycol ethyl ether.

Cleaners

Low toxicity, surface tension reduction, and fast evaporation are some of the benefits of using Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol in cleaning formulations. It also provides good solvency for polar and non polar materials. Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol can also be used in combination with Dowanol PnB / Arcosolv PnB in glass cleaning formulations.

Chemical Intermediate

Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol can be used in combination with other glycol ethers or solvents to custom tailor properties to meet the full requirements of the formulation. Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol has a very low content of primary alcohol, generally below 2%. The primary alcohol isomer is more reactive than the secondary alcohol isomer. Low primary alcohol content minimizes side product formation.

 

Electronics

Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol is used in conjunction with other solvents in the manufacture of laminates which are used to make circuit boards. Additionally, Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol may be used in the cleaning and removal of solder flux and masks.

Other Applications

The properties listed in the previous section also support the use of Methoxy Propanol / Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether / 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol in agricultural, cosmetic, ink, textile and adhesives products.

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