Physical and Chemical Properties:
|Physical state and appearance ||Liquid. (Oily liquid.) |
|Odor ||Odorless |
|Molecular Weight ||90.12g/mole |
|Boiling Point ||230°C (446°F) |
|Melting Point ||20.1°C (68.2°F) |
|Specific Gravity ||1 (Water = 1) |
|Vapor Pressure ||0 kPa (@ 20°C) |
|Vapor Density ||3.1 (Air = 1) |
|Dispersion Properties ||See solubility in water |
|Solubility ||Easily soluble in cold water |
|1,4 Butanediol assay, Weight% ||99.5 |
|Water, Weight ppm ||400 |
|Carbonyl as CHO, mgKOH/g ||0.3 |
- It is used industrially as a solvent and in the manufacture of Polyurethanes.
- It is used as a raw material to produce tetrahydrofuran (THF), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resins, gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), polyurethanes.
- It is used in pharmaceuticals.
- 1,4-butanediol was first prepared in 1890 by acid hydrolysis of N, N ?-dinitro-1,4-butanediamine. Other early preparations were by reduction of succinaldehyde or succinic esters and by saponification of the diacetate prepared from 1,4-dihalobutanes. A more modern process
- HC ≡ CH+2HCHO −−›HOCHC ≡ CCH2OH −› HOCH2CH2CH2OH
- involves the use of maleic anhydride as the starting material. In the process maleic anhydride is first esterified with methanol and the ester is fed to a low-pressure vapor-phase hydrogenation system where it is converted to butanediol.
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