Almost all 2-ethylhexanol produced is used as a precursor for the synthesis of diester bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a plasticizer.
2-EH is a common ingredient in sunscreens (octocrylene) and also used in the production of 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), a common herbicide that selectively kills most broadleaf weeds.
2-ethylhexanol is primarily produced by the hydroformylation of propylene. This is normally done in a self-contained plant, or more commonly as the first step in a fully integrated plant that would also make n-butanol and isobutanol.
Examples of applications
Production of plasticizers such as diester bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
Production of octocrylene
Production of 2,4-D
Used as a low volatility solvent
Used as an octane booster
Bulk in ocean vessels and barges
Bulk in rail tank cars
Bulk in road tank trucks
Bulk in isotank containers
Full dry van shipments of 80 drums or 20 IBC’s (by special request)