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    Diisopropyl Ether

    Diisopropyl Ether in Tradeasia

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    Basic Info


    Colorless Liquid

    Common Names

    Diisopropyl ether


    25 Kg Jerrycan

    Brief Overview
    Diisopropyl ether is secondary ether that is used as a solvent. It is a colourless liquid that is
    slightly soluble in water, but miscible with organic solvents. It is used as an extractant and
    an oxygenate gasoline additive. It is obtained industrially as a by-product in the production of
    isopropanol by hydration of propene. Diisopropyl ether is sometimes represented by the
    abbreviation "DIPE".

    Manufacturing Process
    Diisopropyl ether can form explosive peroxides upon standing in air for long periods. This
    reaction proceeds more easily than for ethyl ether, due to the secondary carbon next to the
    oxygen atom. Antioxidants can be used to prevent this process. The stored solvent should
    therefore be tested for the presence of peroxides more often. Peroxides may be removed by
    shaking the ether with a solution of iron (II) sulfate. For safety reasons, methyl tert-butyl
    ether is often used as an alternative solvent.

    Whereas at 20 °C, diethyl ether will dissolve 1% by weight water, DIPE only dissolves half
    as much . It is used as a specialized solvent to remove or extract polar organic compounds
    from aqueous solutions, e.g. phenols, ethanol, acetic acid. DIPE is used as an antiknock

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