SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

Oxo-Alcohol Acetates: A New Family of Inerts for Agricultural Chemical Use


Acetate esters of oxo alcohols have been available to AgChem formulators outside the U.S. for several years and are being used as solvents and cosolvents in a variety of commercial product formulations. Only recently, as a result of EPA action to grant this family of products exemption from the requirement of a maximum residue limit, have these materials become available for use in the U.S. The product family consists of a homologous series of acetate esters derived from oxo-alcohols, ranging from carbon number C6 through C13.

This paper describes the composition and physical properties of these solvents. Important performance properties; such as solvency, low temperature capabilities and low/controlled volatility, which are most useful to the formulator will be highlighted and compared to those of other inerts commonly used by the industry. Since the entire family has received a tolerance exemption, the oxo-alcohol acetate group of solvents offers a high degree of flexibility to the formulator of agricultural chemical products.

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Frisch, PD
Basic Chemicals and Intermediates Technology, Exxon Chemical Company, Baytown, Texas
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Developed by Committee: E35
Pages: 23–35
DOI: 10.1520/STP13830S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5378-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2469-1