Glycol ethers are extremely good solvents because they have a bifunctional nature (ether-alcohol). They are often used as coupling agents in applications such as water-based paints due to their miscibility with both polar and non-polar substances.
Glycol ethers are mainly used in surface coatings, printing inks, cleaners, cosmetics and agrochemical formulations. They are also used as extractants, and as coalescing agents and flow improvers in water-based paints.
A family of Ethylene / Propylene oxide based glycol ethers and their acetates:
- Butyl Glycol
- Butyl Di Glycol
- Methoxy Propanol (PM)
- Di Methoxy Propanol (DPM)
- Methoxy Propyl Acetate (PMA)
- Ethoxy Propanol (PE)
- Ethyl 3- Ethoxypropionate (EEP Solvent)