2-Ethylhexanoic (2-EHA) acid is a chemical intermediate used in esters for Polyvinylbutyral film plasticizers and synthetic lubricants, in metal salts for paint dryers, in automotive coolants, PVC stabilizers, cosmetics and various other applications.
As a carboxylic acid with C8 carbon chain, 2-Ethylhexanoic acid is widely applied to various applications. In the production of Polyvinylbutyral (PVB) plasticizers and synthetic lubricants the acid is a major raw material for polyolesters. It is also used as a raw material for paint dryers and Polyvinylchloride (PVC) stabilizers in the form of metal salts. In cosmetics, 2-EHA is used to produce emollients. Other applications include corrosion inhibitors in automotive coolants, catalyst for polymer production, raw material for acid chloride and fragrances.
BASF is a reliable producer of 2-EHA acid at its integrated Verbund site in Ludwigshafen, Germany.