Uses
Ethanol is an intermediate in the manufacture of many products.
Intermediate Uses/end products
Glycols and glycol ethers
diagram: ethane-1,2-diol

Solvents in paints, cleaners, inks, as antifreeze in cars, and in production of polyester fibre/films

picture: paint

Ethanolamines and ethylamines
formula: monoethanolamine

Surfactants in detergents, in gas purification, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

picture: lipstick

Ethyl propenoate (ethyl acrylate)
diagram: ethyl propenoate
Used in the manufacture of acrylic polymers, "Perspex" for example
Ethanoate (acetate) esters
Solvents for resins on protective clothing, adhesives, inks, food flavourings and pharmaceuticals. Polyester fibres are used in clothing manufacture
Ethanol itself is also used:
  • As a solvent in manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, varnishes, detergents, inks and coatings
  • As a motor fuel and motor fuel blending agent (link to fuel section - when written)
Ethanol is also present in many common beverages. Synthetic alcohol is not normally used for this purpose as it may contain traces of other by-products of manufacture.
images with uses

picture: Ingredients of detergent


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