ASTM D4773 - 02(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Purity of Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether, Dipropylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether, and Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate

    Active Standard ASTM D4773 | Developed by Subcommittee: D01.35

    Book of Standards Volume: 06.04


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is used to determine the purity of PM, DPM, and PMA by subtracting calculated total impurities from 100 %.

    4.2 This test method is used to determine the quantity of residual glycol ether present in PMA.

    4.3 This test method is used for identifying various impurities in PM, DPM, and PMA.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination by gas chromatography of propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PM), dipropylene glycol monomethyl ether (DPM), and propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PMA).

    Note 1Propylene glycol monomethyl ether (PM) is a mixture of two isomers: 1-methoxy-2-propanol and 2-methoxy-1-propanol.
     Dipropylene glycol monomethyl ether (DPM) is a mixture of four isomers: 1-(2-methoxy-1-methylethoxy)-2-propanol is one of the major isomers.
     Propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PMA) is a mixture of two isomers: 1-methoxy-2-acetoxypropane and 2-methoxy-1-acetoxypropane.

    1.1.1 This test method covers the determination of PM in the range from 98 to 100 %, and DPM in the range from 0.08 to 0.6 %.

    1.1.2 This test method covers the determination of DPM in the range from 98 to 100 %, PM in the range from 0.05 to 0.3 %, and tripropylene glycol monomethyl ether (TPM) in the range from 0.06 to 0.3 %.

    1.1.3 This test method covers the determination of PMA in the range from 99 to 100 %, and PM in the range from 0.03 to 1.0 %.

    1.2 Water and acid cannot be determined by this test method and must be measured in accordance with Test Methods D1364 and D1613, and the results used to normalize the chromatographic data.

    1.3 The following applies to all specified limits in this standard; for purposes of determining conformance with this standard, an observed value or a calculated value shall be rounded off “to the nearest unit” in the last right-hand digit used in expressing the specification limit, in accordance with the rounding-off method of Practice E29.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.5 For hazard information and guidance, see the supplier's Material Safety Data Sheet.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1364 Test Method for Water in Volatile Solvents (Karl Fischer Reagent Titration Method)

    D1613 Test Method for Acidity in Volatile Solvents and Chemical Intermediates Used in Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products

    E29 Practice for Using Significant Digits in Test Data to Determine Conformance with Specifications


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.080.60 (Alcohols. Ethers)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12352100(Organic derivatives and substituted compounds)


    DOI: 10.1520/D4773-02R12

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